Residents are urged to have their say on a proposal to consolidate Warrington’s breast screening provision at Bath Street Healthcare Resource Centre and discontinue the service provided out of the hospital’s oldest part of its estate at Kendrick Wing.
Views are being sought as part of a public consultation exercise which will close on 20th June 2022, the link to participate is here: Consultation Questionnaire - Breast Screening Relocation to Bath Street Survey (surveymonkey.co.uk)
Women are eligible for breast screening between the ages of 50 and 70 and would still be able to choose where to have their screening at any of the following centres: Bath St Warrington, Breast Care Centre at Halton Hospital, St Helen’s Hospital, Whiston Hospital or any of the mobile units operational in the area at time of appointment.
The benefits for service users at Bath St rather than Warrington Hospital’s Kendrick Wing include: a more central location, free car parking for a limited period and better public transport links, easier access to the clinic once on site and new equipment in purpose-built clinical facilities.
So far over 120 people have participated when visiting clinics, at virtual consultation events and via the online consultation questionnaire. The Trust is particularly keen to hear from members of the community - including men - who have used the Breast Screening Service or accompanied a loved one to an appointment.
Following public consultation over a year ago, a £1.3m Breast Care Centre was created at the Captain Sir Tom Moore building at Halton Hospital after the public widely supported the relocation of the breast follow up clinics from Kendrick Wing to the new centre. At the time of that consultation the availability of space and the necessary funding to develop the existing service at Bath St Warrington was not available.
Details of the proposal and some Frequently Asked Questions are available and all residents are invited to complete a questionnaire to give their views.
Paper copies and alternative formats such as large print, easy read and a range of languages are available from email@example.com or call 01925 662114/01925 662835. The consultation will close at midnight on 20th June.