Celebrating 25 years of breast screening in Wiltshire

Posted: November 3, 2016

Former staff invited back to mark anniversary

Past members of staff will return to the Great Western Hospital on Friday 4 November to help celebrate the silver anniversary of Wiltshire's breast screening service. 
A special tea party will be held in Breast Centre at the Swindon hospital to mark 25 years since the very first patient benefited from the services offered by the highly skilled team.
Since 1991, hundreds of thousands of women have come through the doors of the unit, which was based out of the former Princess Margaret Hospital for more than 10 years before moving to its current ground floor location at GWH in 2002.
Suzie Ferrari, Breast Centre Manager, said: "A lot has changed in 25 years but breast cancer is just as prominent now as it was then, which is why breast screening is such an important service to local women.
"Every woman aged between 50 and 70 in Swindon and Wiltshire is invited for a screening at the hospital or in one of our mobile units at least once every three years, with around 25,000 taking up the offer each year.
"As it is with all cancers, the key to a positive outcome is finding it early and breast screening offers women a strong chance of finding abnormalities sooner rather than later.
"Breast screening should be as routine as going to the dentist and, for most women, a visit to the Breast Centre is reassuring and offers piece-of-mind."
Women and, to a lesser extent, men can also be referred to the Breast Centre after visiting their GP with a concern or worry about their health.
The centre has a target to see at least 93 per cent of these patients within two weeks of their initial referral, something which has not only been met but exceeded so far in 2016/17 with more than 95 per cent receiving a screening within 14 days.
Guests coming along on to the tea party will also be invited to make a donation to Brighter Futures' Radiotherapy Appeal, which aims to bring vital cancer treatment to Swindon.
Currently, many women diagnosed with cancer at the Breast Centre face travelling to and from Oxford every day for anything up to six weeks to receive lifesaving radiotherapy.
Last month Brighter Futures announced that more than £1 million has so far been raised for the appeal, meaning more than a third of the £2.9 million needed to fund the new centre is safely in the bank.
For more information on the appeal, visit www.brighterfuturesgwh.nhs.uk.

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