Public consultation on the final phase of the expansion of breast cancer screening services
WARRINGTON and Halton Teaching Hospitals is seeking public comment on plans to expand its breast screening service in Warrington at the Bath St Healthcare Resource Centre.
The center is in the final stages of its reconfiguration of breast services in Halton, Knowsley, St Helens and Warrington.
In the first phase, which went out for public consultation in spring 2021, a £1.3million breast center was established in the Captain Sir Tom Moore building at Halton Hospital.
The new center has moved assessment and symptom clinics to a “one-stop shop” offering comprehensive diagnostics and support for patients with abnormalities during routine breast screening or those who have noticed breast changes or found masses who are referred via their GP. . Women can now also select this location for their routine screening appointments.
There was broad public support for moving the Kendrick Wing Breast Cancer Screening and Symptom Assessment Clinics to the new Breast Center and Halton Hospital’s Delamere Center Breast Screening across the site to the new center of the breast.
Lucy Gardner, Director of Strategy and Partnerships, said: “At the time of this consultation, the availability of space and funding to expand the existing screening service at Bath St Warrington Health Resource Center was uncertain. .
“The Trust is now in a position to move forward with the expansion of testing services in Bath Street – hence this second and final public consultation.
“Benefits for users of the service include: a more central location, plentiful free parking and better public transport links, easier access to the clinic once there, and new equipment in purpose-built clinical facilities.
“Current staff will move with their department and there will be no change in staffing and no member of staff will be disadvantaged by this relocation. The remaining space at the Kendrick Wing would be occupied by non-patient services.
“It’s really important that local people have a say in these proposals and share their suggestions to help us improve the service.”
The proposal that is under consultation is that the remaining screening service at the Kendrick Wing of Warrington Hospital ceases and all Warrington screenings are now consolidated in Bath Street augmented, as usual, with mobile units.
Details of the proposal and some frequently asked questions are available on the Trust’s website along with a questionnaire that individuals can complete and provide feedback.
Hard copies are available through the scouting service or by contacting [email protected] or calling 01925 662114/01925 665981.
The Trust will host Virtual engagement session during the Consultation on Thursday 19and May at 2 p.m. Please visit https://whh.nhs.uk/about-us/membership-and-engagement/breast-service-consultation for details on how to join. Everyone is welcome.
The consultation period will continue until 20and June and the team are also happy to attend other local community forums to present details of these proposals during this time, upon request.