Breast Screening Van to Visit Ravensthorpe and Dewsbury this Spring

In a bid to make breast screening as convenient as possible, Pennine Breast Screening Service have put their office on wheels.

Women aged between 50 and 70 are invited for a breast screening every three years. Screening can detect breast cancer at its earliest stages and can save lives.

Where will the Breast Screening van be? 

The Breast Screening van will be positioned in Ravensthorpe Retail Park and then Dewsbury Hospital from late-Spring into Summer.

Women who are eligible for a breast screening appointment will receive a letter in the post inviting them to arrange a visit to the breast screening service. All women are encouraged to book their visit as soon as they receive their invitation to get their preferred time slot.

Rachel Spencer-Henshall, Strategic Director for Public Health said:

“It’s brilliant to see healthcare services adapting to make really important check-ups like breast screening, easier for women in Kirklees.

One in seven women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime, but survival rates are very high when it’s detected early. Screening finds changes in our bodies that could turn into cancer, even before we could spot them ourselves.

If you’ve been invited for your breast screening, visit the team at Pennine – they are very friendly and can answer any questions you might have. And if you know any women between 50 and 70, ask them if they’ve been for their screening and share Pennine’s video with them too if you can.”

Pennine Breast Services’ New Ways of Working

This video provides information about your breast screening visit and what you can expect on the day.

 

Julie Hodgins, Health Promotion Specialist at Pennine Breast Screening Service said:

“Around eighty percent of women book again after they’ve been once, however we have seen an especially low uptake in younger women this year – those aged 50-53 who are being invited for their first time.

We want women to know that the facility is COVID-safe, and that the procedure itself is quick and easy. We’ve created a video to show our new ways of working during COVID, and what women can expect when they come to see us.

Don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions. If you’ve just received your letter, we look forward to greeting you soon.”

 Above: Patient and Pennine Breast Screening mammographer on the specialist screening van.

Above: Patient and Pennine Breast Screening mammographer on the specialist screening van.

The procedure itself only takes a few minutes, but patients should allow for half an hour in total. It’s advised women wear a top and a bottom, then you will only need to remove a top half. Let the office at Pennine Screening know beforehand if you have a problem with steps so they can arrange something for you.

Get in touch 

Refer to your letter to book an appointment. For general enquiries or to arrange Women’s Health events, you can either email Bth.penninehp@nhs.net, or call 07966133267.