Breastscreen SA pop up clinic set up in Port Lincoln

SCAN: Breastscreen SA mammographers Renee Monaghan and Jessie Chan in front of the GE Pristina used for mammograms.
SCAN: Breastscreen SA mammographers Renee Monaghan and Jessie Chan in front of the GE Pristina used for mammograms.

A pop up clinic has been set up at the Port Lincoln Hospital to assist local women in the early detection of breast cancer.

Breastscreen SA has partnered with the Eyre and Far North Local Health Network to set up a clinic from August to November to provide free screening mammograms for women aged 50-74.

Eyre and Far North Local Health Network chief executive officer Verity Paterson said the installation of the temporary mammography unit at the hospital was exciting for the region.

"We are extremely grateful to have a dedicated BreastScreen SA pop-up clinic arrive in Port Lincoln which will give the local community continued access to the vital service," she said.

"We know that regular breast screening can have a significant impact on positive patient outcomes and we look forward to working with BreastScreen SA to ensure women can attend appointments locally."

BreastScreen SA made the decision at the end of March to temporarily suspend its breast screening program due to COVID-19 and despite the program resuming a month later, strict physical distancing measures meant appointment times are longer and as a result, the mobile screening units have to spend more time at each location.

BreastScreen SA program director Niamh Wade said these changes meant visits to Port Lincoln were delayed so the pop-up clinic was introduced as a proactive measure to ensure women who required a mammogram did not need to wait for an appointment.

Women living in the area are encouraged to call BreastScreen SA on 13 20 50 to make a free appointment.