BreastScreen van coming to Crookwell

FOLLOWING intense lobbying from Crookwell Council, vocal groups such as Crookwell CWA Day Branch, the Crookwell Hospital Community Consultative Committee and a groundswell from individuals, the mobile breast screen van will be available for appointments from Monday October 26 to Friday October 30, 2015 at the Crookwell Showground.
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Southern Area Health Service is responsible for the coordination and scheduling of the mobile Breast Screen service that covers a large area of southern New South Wales.

The mobile BreastScreen examination can identify abnormalities as small as a grain of rice and this early detection leads to more positive outcomes for patients.

The service was in jeopardy this year due to a malfunctioning component and faulty replacement part that impacted the schedule.

Southern Area Health advised that due to the loss of some two weeks, the service for Crookwell would be combined with Goulburn.

Southern Area Health Service offered to bus women to Goulburn for appointments that would have resulted in many hours of waiting and additional costs for travel to and from the examination for women living on property.

Crookwell CWA Day Branch, President, Mrs. Margaret Williams explained, “We felt that the proposed alternative did little to address women on farms and in villages outside of Crookwell who regularly have their screening carried out by this service.

“We also pointed out that working women could be economically impacted with loss of working hours travelling down and back to Goulburn.

“We counter-proposed that the van be located in Crookwell for 2-3 days at the end of the Goulburn schedule to accommodate our community rather than using a commuter bus.

“We were delighted to be advised that the van would indeed be located in Crookwell Showground for one week.

“This is a huge win for the women of our district and demonstrates what can be achieved with positive community collaboration and would encourage women of all ages to support this free service, as it does save lives,” Mrs Williams concluded.

Southern Area Health Service confirmed that appointments can be made by calling 13 20 50 and have requested that women who have received notifications, fill in their form prior to arrival to facilitate smooth rotation of patients.

Southern Area Health Service has advised that the free service is available for all women and requested that any women having a breast screen test should wear suitable two piece clothing, not use body lotion, talcum powder or deodorant on the day of examination.

Women who have not received reminders for mammography are requested to arrive early to complete the necessary paperwork.

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