BreastScreen Queensland’s state-of-the-art breast screening vans are back on the road after a temporary suspension due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Commencing this Monday 11 May until Friday 29 May, the mobile van will be located at Inglewood Hospital.
BreastScreen Queensland’s Toowoomba Service Health Promotion Officer Alexandra Robbins-Hill said the mobile van service is taking all possible steps to minimise and address risk from COVID-19 for staff and clients.
Clients can also assist by following a few simple steps.
“We ask our clients not to arrive in advance for their appointment as we need to minimise the amount of people in the clinic waiting areas,” Ms Robbins-Hill said.
“For this reason, we also ask where possible that our clients do not bring anyone with them to their appointment.
“When our clients arrive for their appointment, we kindly ask they wait outside the mobile van until asked to enter by our staff.
“If you are feeling unwell, we ask you to call and reschedule your appointment.
“Our service and staff thank our local women for their support and patience during our temporary suspension, and we look forward to seeing you in the clinic soon.”
Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer for Australian women, with one-in-seven women diagnosed with breast cancer.
“Having a breast screen can’t stop a woman from developing breast cancer but it can improve the chance of the disease being detected early when there are increased treatment options,” Ms Robbins-Hill said.
“Early detection provides an opportunity for early treatment, which can reduce the length and severity of illness, and save lives.”
BreastScreen Queensland recommends women aged between 50 and 74 years have a breast screen every two years.
A doctor’s referral is not needed to access the breast screening service For more information or to schedule an appointment phone 13 20 50 or visit www.breastscreen.qld.gov.au