Southern Trust announces move in mammography service

June 23, 2014

The breakdown of the mammogram facility at Daisy Hill hospital has prompted the Southern Trust to invest in a mobile breast-screening unit in favour of repairing the ageing machine, a Trust spokesperson has revealed.

Moving to allay fears of a dissemination of services at the hospital, the spokesperson revealed that the planned mobile unit will provide the same level of patient care that currently exists within the hospital’s static facility.  However, until the unit begins operating later this year, patients must travel initially to Craigavon Area Hospital (CAH) and then to a mobile unit at Tower Hill, Armagh.

The new £300,000 digital screening unit is expected to be established in Dromalane House, Newry by mid-September.

The move of the breast-screening clinic comes hot on the heels of fears of a reduction in service in the hospital’s Stroke Unit, which may be centralized in CAH.  A public consultation on the delivery of stroke services within the Southern Trust opened last week and will run until October.

An estimated £25,000 cost of repairing the existing analogue x-ray unit technology for breast screening at Daisy Hill was abandoned in favour of the creation of the new digital service.  The Southern Trust spokesperson said the decision to create the new unit had not been taken to close Daisy Hill but to transfer service until the new the digital mobile unit begins operating.

“The unit will be at Dromalane to cover all the appointments required within each three year cycle and will also be used on other sites in the Southern Trust for planned appointments,” the spokesperson said.