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Breast Screening - statement to Trust Board on 03-05-18
03 May 2018

Speaking at the Trust Board meeting on Thursday 3rd May 2018 Mr Steve Parker, Interim Medical Director at Isle of Wight NHS Trust, said:

“On 2 May 2018, the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care made an announcement that since 2009, that nationally up to 450,000 may have not been called for their final round of breast screening as a result of an error in the algorithm in the computer system that generated appointments. The error has now been resolved. 

As a result, there is national need to either recall or offer self-referral to some women between the ages of 70 and 79 years who would not have been offered a mammogram at the appropriate time. Breast screening units will be informed of the identities of the women affected within the next 2 weeks.  Invitations for screening will be sent out to the affected women between May and October 2018.

“Here on the Island, like elsewhere in England, we rely on the national system to issue the invitations for screening. It is estimated that there are 352 women on the Island who may be affected.  Of these 138 are in the age range who in the coming weeks will be sent a letter inviting them in for a mammogram.  The other 214 women are individuals who will be invited to self-refer into the service and the advice to them and anyone else who is concerned is that they should telephone the national help line on 0800 169 2692. The Isle of Wight Breast Screening Unit screens 9,000 women per year. Despite this being a national issue, the Isle of Wight Breast Screening Unit is committed to resolving the issue locally as quickly as possible in order to reduce the anxiety for the women involved.

“It is important that individuals who have questions ring the Helpline number rather than St. Mary’s Hospital, the Breast Screening Service or their GP because the records are held nationally. Further information can be found on the Public Health England website at https://www.gov.uk/government/news/women-offered-nhs-breast-screening-after-missed-invitations.”

Further information is also available on the NHS Choices website at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/breast-cancer-screening/missed-invitations/.

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