South Australian women will have access to the latest technology in mammographic screening when BreastScreen SA resumes its services from this week.
BreastScreen SA General Manager, Niamh Wade, said services were temporarily closed on 30 March in response to COVID-19 and will start to return to normal from tomorrow.
“The easing of restrictions means we can resume the service using strict health protocols and can continue to provide this important screening service to South Australian women aged 50-74,” Ms Wade said.
“During the temporary closure, we have been able to introduce new x-ray machines at our Hyde Park, Adelaide Central Plaza (David Jones Rose) and Arndale breast screening clinics and in our three mobile screening units.
“Due to these changes, the reopening of these clinics will commence in the coming weeks to ensure our staff are provided with adequate training and the new equipment is fully functional and ready to go.
“Our four other metropolitan screening clinics will begin screening from Thursday, while our mobile screening units will return to Murray Bridge in mid-May, Millicent in early June and Berri in mid-June.”
BreastScreen SA Clinical Director, Dr Michelle Reintals, said BreastScreen SA provides free screening mammograms, with the aim of diagnosing breast cancer at an early stage, before it can be felt.
“BreastScreen SA offers screening to women with no symptoms and the majority of cancers we detect are small, so a short gap in screening is unlikely to have an impact,” Dr Reintals said.
“The temporary closure of BreastScreen SA was required due to uncertainty surrounding community transmission of COVID-19 and also the reduction in elective surgery.
“There is now evidence from extensive community testing, that there is a reduced risk of community spread within South Australia, which has resulted in the progressive recommencement of elective surgery. In view of this, it is considered safe to re-implement screening.
“The new equipment offers the latest in mammographic imaging technology and client comfort with improved design features and image quality.
“Clients who were due for their regular screening mammogram during the suspension period will be contacted via phone and offered a priority booking.
The health and safety of our clients and staff are our highest priority so appointment times will be longer than usual to ensure everyone is kept safe.”
For more information, including a full list of locations for the mobile screening units, visit our locations page.