Breast screening team welcomes back patients

Posted on Mon, 10/08/2020

Breast screening team

The Gateshead Breast Screening Unit will resume its vital services from Monday 10th August.

All the necessary safety precautions to minimise the risk of COVID transmission have been put in place for screening appointments, and staff are urging women to attend.

Our screening locations across the North East will have longer appointment times, social distancing in place, additional cleaning of equipment between each appointment, protective equipment for staff (masks, gloves and aprons), and hand sanitiser.

We will also require our screening clients to wear a mask – if you don’t have one we can provide one when you arrive.

Jennifer Clarke, deputy superintendent radiographer, says: "We’re asking all our screening clients to work with us and follow our new procedures so we can ensure the safety of everyone, both screening clients and staff, while we carry out appointments."

We’ll be working as hard as we can to catch up so please be patient. Appointment letters will be sent out so you don’t need to do anything – we’re contacting those who would have expected to have been invited for a mammogram."

We would ask that where possible that you attend alone and do not arrive until your appointment time, but understand there are instances where you may need to be accompanied. For example people with a learning or physical disability, or patients requiring mobility support.

If you have any queries or questions, please contact the Breast Screening Team on 0191 445 2554 or go to www.qegateshead.nhs.uk/breastscreening

Please note: our mobile units in Durham and Jarrow are currently closed as they are being refurbished to comply with COVID restrictions. You will be offered an alternative venue at another unit, however, if this is inconvenient, please contact the Breast Screening Service on 0191 445 2554 so your appointment can be offered to someone else.

Call us on 0191 482 0000

In emergencies dial 999 / Non-emergencies dial 111

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