Following a temporary suspension due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, BreastScreen Queensland has reopened its Toowoomba clinic and the mobile vans are back on the road.
BreastScreen Queensland Toowoomba Service Health Promotion Officer Alexandra Robbins-Hill said the 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 kindly ask our clients to bring their own pen to complete the paperwork, and call to reschedule their appointment if they are feeling unwell with flu-like symptoms,” she said.
“We also ask our clients to not arrive in advance for their appointment as we need to minimise the amount of people in the clinic waiting areas.
“For this reason, we also ask where possible that our clients do not bring anyone with them to their appointment.”
Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer for Australian women, with one-in-seven women hearing the news that she has breast cancer.
Regular breast screens are recommended for women aged 50 to 74 years as this is the best way to detect breast cancer early - well before you or your doctor can see or feel any changes.
A doctor’s referral is not needed to access the breast screening service.
“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,” Ms Robbins-Hill said.
“We are contacting all women who had appointments cancelled during our temporary suspension to reschedule.”
Alongside the Toowoomba clinic, the service’s state-of-the-art breast screening vans will be travelling the Darling Downs region again. The vans are travelling to the below areas in the upcoming months:
BreastScreen Queensland Toowoomba Service is located at 661 Ruthven Street. There is free parking available off Warner Street. For more information or to schedule an appointment phone 13 20 50 or visit www.breastscreen.qld.gov.au