Breast screening units for Derry

Two state of the art mobile breast screening units will begin operating in a number of locations across Derry in the New Year.

A spokesperson for the Public Health Agency who are spearheading the units said they mark “the start of new era in breast screening.”

The Western Trust has identified eight locations which the new mobile units will visit including - in the Derry City area - Altnagelvin Hospital, Shantallow Health Centre and Rathmore Centre in Creggan. The unit will also visit Greenfield Residential Home in Strabane and Limavady Roe Valley Hospital.

Screenings are expected to begin at these locations in the New Year.

Dr Adrian Mairs, Quality Assurance Director for the Northern Ireland Breast Screening Programme, said, These mobiles units are a significant upgrade on the old mobiles and will provide women with a much better screening experience. They are all fitted with lifts for women who cannot manage steps and hearing loops for those who need them.

“As well as replacing all our mobile units we have also replaced the existing mammography machines with new state of the art digital machines. This means that images are no longer printed onto film but are viewed and stored electronically. The image quality is higher which will assure women attending for screening that the latest technology is being used to detect early breast cancer.