Save Our Cancer Services-NW Steering Group has confirmed the commencement date of 14th November for a follow-up mammography service for North West patients who have been treated for breast cancer.
The mobile unit will be manned by two fully qualified and registered radiographers, will be under the governance of the Symptomatic Breast Disease service at University Hospital Galway, and be provided on the campus of Sligo University Hospital.
A letter was received by the group from the office of the Minister for Health, Simon Harris, T.D., concerning follow-up mammography services at Sligo University Hospital.
"The purpose of this service is to provide surveillance mammography (i.e. follow up mammography for patients who have been treated for breast cancer), in a location that is more convenient for them.
"The service will commence on 14th November 2016 for breast cancer patients who are 5 years post treatment. It will be provided by a mobile unit on the grounds of Sligo University Hospital and will operate under the governance of the Symptomatic Breast Disease (SBD) service at University Hospital Galway (UHG). It is envisaged that the service will be available twice during 2017 for a period of up to one week per visit.
"The HSE-National Cancer Control Programme has advised the Department that moving the timing of the annual review mammogram by up to three months in women without symptoms is not clinically significant. Patients are advised that, should they become symptomatic in the interval between surveillance mammograms, they should attend their GP and if necessary, they will be referred to a SBD service and seen urgently.
"The mobile unit will be staffed by a minimum of two radiographers with a post graduate qualification in mammography. It is a requirement that radiographers working in Ireland be registered with the Radiographers Registration Board at CORU, the statutory body for the regulation of Health and Social Care Professionals," the letter concluded.