Johnson Community Hospital.

Breast screening unit at Johnson for Gosberton patients

Patients registered at a Gosberton GP surgery are being invited for breast screening at a mobile unit in South Holland later this month.

The United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust’s (ULHT) Lincolnshire Breast Screening Service will be inviting women registered with Gosberton Medical Centre to attend an appointment on the mobile unit, which will be based at the Johnson Hospital in Spalding Road, Pinchbeck.

Women aged between 50 and 70 registered at the surgery will be automatically invited for screening, however those aged 71 years and over who would like to be screened are welcome to ring the administration office to make an appointment on 01522 573999. Office opening hours are between 8am and 4pm.

The service also belongs to the national Age Extension Pilot Scheme in which a selection of women aged from 47 to 49 years and 71 to 73 years will also be automatically invited for screening at the unit.

Screening Office Manager at ULHT, Alysa Page, said: “Early detection of breast cancer is crucial in improving a woman’s prognosis and so we strongly encourage women to attend a breast screening session.

“Little is known about how to prevent breast cancer, but the earlier it is found the better the chance for successful treatment.

“About one in eight women are diagnosed with breast cancer during their lifetime.

“There’s a good chance of recovery if it’s detected in its early stages.

“Providing a screening service is part of the work being done to reduce this life-threatening disease.”

For further information about the mobile breast screening service on 01522 573999.

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