SDLP Crotlieve Councillor Gillian Fitzpatrick was delighted to have the Action Cancer Big Bus in Mayobridge on Saturday 10th February, as a rescheduled visit from last December. There was a fear that weather would mean another cancellation but thankfully this was not the case.
On Saturday twenty-one women (between ages 40-49yrs & 70+) availed of the mammogram service. There was also a mix of men and women who undertook the 40 health checks.
Given the current situation with cancer diagnosis, this visit was even more important. Statistics released from data from the NI cancer registry indicated the BT34 postcode was the worst for all cancers 2001-2010, this included breast and prostrate cancer. Now we were advised in the last week less than a quarter of urgent breast cancer referrals in the Southern Health Trust last October were seen within 14 days. According to the recommended target, all urgent cases should be seen within two weeks.
Councillor Fitzpatrick stated that “The Southern Health Trust has been struggling to meet its Breast Cancer targets for 12 months. However the Trust has said they have a service improvement plan in place and expect by April to achieve the expected 14 day target. I await this plan falling into place. I have requested that the Action Cancer bus come back to our area again and have logged the request with Action Cancer. If however you are concerned or worried about your health please do make that call to your Doctor. Recent buses to Lislea and Crossmaglen were cancelled due to weather but these will be rescheduled very soon. The appointment number is 028 9080 3344.”
Councillor Fitzpatrick continued “I previously attended the bus in Burren a number of years ago and found it gave me great peace of mind, although the 2 week wait for the “all clear” can be an anxious time. I’m delighted to have had the opportunity to attend the bus locally on Saturday.”