Breast Screen mobile van axed

THE UnitingCare Casino Transport Team wants to hear from local women seeking transport to Lismore for Breast Screen checks following the axing of the mobile van to Casino.

The group is investigating the feasibility of taking a minibus to the Lismore Breast Screen Clinic on a regular basis for Casino women who would otherwise find it difficult to attend.

The North Coast Area Health Service withdrew the mobile breast screen van from Casino after it increased the number of permanent breast screen clinics on the North Coast from two to four.

After the new fixed sites came online the number of breast screen vans travelling to out-lying centres was cut back from three to just one, and the remaining van restricted to servicing communities classed asremote and rural, such as Kyogle, Urbenville and Bonalbo.

UnitingCare Casino Transport Team co-ordinator Shirley Smith said the team had been looking at ways to help Casino women access the Lismore clinic since learning of the mobile van’s demise.

“The Casino RSM Club has kindly offered the use of its 12-seater minibus to take the women to Lismore and back,” she said.

“We have also spoken with the Breast Screen Clinic, which can offer appointments for up to 11 people at various times throughout the week.”

The bus would cost $5 a person and it is anticipated it would take about two hours for 11women to have a scan, with the round trip taking about three-and-a-half hours.

Anyone interested in using the proposed transport service to the Lismore Breast Screen Clinic is asked to phone 6662 7940 no later than May 31 and leave their details.



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