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Australia NSW BreastScreen prepares to re-open

06:50  28 september  2021
06:50  28 september  2021 Source:   aap.com.au

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BreastScreen NSW will resume providing free mammograms for women after the service was suspended because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

A range of COVID-19 safe measures have been implemented at clinics and mobile screening services. © Julian Smith/AAP PHOTOS A range of COVID-19 safe measures have been implemented at clinics and mobile screening services.

All screening services across NSW were suspended in August after some clinics had already closed across Greater Sydney and some regional areas in June.

BreastScreen NSW director Sarah McGill said it had been a "very difficult decision".

"This decision was made in response to the increasing risk posed by the COVID-19 Delta strain and the need to redeploy staff to support the pandemic response at every local health district across the state," she said at the government's daily COVID briefing on Tuesday.

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BreastScreen NSW is working closely with services at each local health district to resume screening as soon as local conditions allow. As clinics re - open , we will be prioritising women who had their appointment cancelled during the suspension to rebook their appointment as soon as it is possible in their local area. We temporarily suspended all screening services across NSW on Thursday 19 August due to the evolving COVID-19 situation. This followed a gradual localised suspension of services across Greater Sydney and some regional areas that commenced in late June. The decision to suspend

"I'm pleased to advise today that we are now working towards resuming services across the state on a case-by-case, site-by-site location."

The service has already resumed on the mid-north coast, north coast and Hunter New England local health districts, Coffs Harbour, Lismore, Port Macquarie, Tamworth, Narrabri and Scone.

There were also mobile services operating in in Kyogle, Casino and Grafton.

"Women who have had their appointment cancelled due to the temporary suspension will be contacted by their local services and allocated a prioritised booking," Ms McGill said.

A range of COVID-19 safe measures have been implemented at clinics and mobile screening services to protect women, staff and the wider community.

Any women with symptoms like a lump, changes to the breast, dimpling of the skin or any other changes in breast tissue should get checked as a matter of urgency as services resume at clinics in the coming weeks and months, she said.

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