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Breast Screening Call and Recall Service 20 July 2007

Mr E Teare, MHK, Minister for Health and Social Services has announced plans to commission the administration of the Breast Screening Call and Recall Service from Warwickshire, Solihull and Coventry Breast Screening Service, based in Coventry.

The Minister said, ‘This is an exciting opportunity for the Department to use the services of a centre of excellence in this field to provide the best possible service to patients. This unit is at the forefront of developments in breast screening. The Department, acting on the commitment to provide a Breast Screening Call and Recall Service, explored all options in working to develop it and has been most impressed by what is available in Coventry.’

Mr Teare went on to say, ‘Much consideration was given to the impact that commissioning the administration of the service from Coventry would have on patients, but it is considered that patients will notice no difference having the administration carried out off the Island. A local telephone number is to be set up which will allow patients to contact the unit at a local rate.’ Action is being taken now to implement the plans, but the Department recognises that the timescales earlier hoped for have been slightly delayed. “It is disappointing that the letters may not be going out as early as had been hoped, but patient safety is a priority and it is important that we have a robust system in place before the first patients are called” said Mr Teare.

In order to be able to implement the new call and recall system as speedily as possible, the Breast Screening Service stopped accepting self referrals in November 2006. Therefore, those patients who are due for screening under the call and recall service from this date will be offered an appointment. Any patient who has any breast problems should contact their GP.

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