South Australian women will have access to the latest technology in mammographic screening when BreastScreen SA resumes its services from this week.
BreastScreen SA General Manager, Niamh Wade, said services will resume from tomorrow after temporarily being closed on 30 March in response to COVID-19.
“The easing of restrictions means we can resume the service using strict health protocols and can continue to provide this important screening service to South Australian women aged 50-74,” Ms Wade said.
“During the temporary closure, we began introducing new x-ray machines at our Hyde Park, Adelaide Central Plaza (David Jones Rose) and Arndale breast screening clinics and in our three mobile screening units. Due to these changes, the reopening of these clinics will commence in the coming weeks.
“Our further four metropolitan screening clinics will begin screening from Thursday, with mobile screening units scheduled to return to Murray Bridge in mid-May, Millicent in early June and Berri in mid June.
“Clients who were due for their regular screening mammogram during the COVID-19 suspension period will be contacted via phone and offered a priority booking.”
BreastScreen SA Clinical Director and radiologist, Dr Michelle Reintals, reassures women who would have been due to screen during the temporary closure, that it is now safe to return to the program.
“The health and safety of our clients and staff are our highest priority, so appointment times will be longer than usual to allow for social distancing and additional hygiene measures to be carried out,” Dr Reintals said.
“The installation of our new equipment will also offer the women of South Australia the latest in mammographic imaging technology and client comfort, with improved design features and image quality.
“While the short delay in screening services is unlikely to have had a significant impact on overall health outcomes, I encourage all clients who are now due for a breast screen to make that appointment when we contact you to give you the best chance of finding breast cancer at an early stage.”
For more information, including a full list of locations for the mobile screening units, go to www.breastscreensa.sa.gov.au