Space along with local councillors, Roisin Mulgrew and Valerie Harte, have come together to raise awareness of the current consultation on reshaping Breast Assessment Services in NI with
Space along with local councillors, Roisin Mulgrew and Valerie Harte, have come together to raise awareness of the current consultation on reshaping Breast Assessment Services in NI with a particular focus around the planned reduction to services in Craigavon Area Hospital. There are concerns that this consultation is being overlooked amidst other agendas around health cuts etc.
Space will host a community action day in “The Good Space”, 5-7 Marcus Street from 8.30am – 6.30 pm on Monday 10th June so that organisations, employees and interested persons can come in, talk to a volunteer and complete the questionnaire. Space hope that this opportunity will ensure that the appropriate messages and information are provided through this consultation opportunity.
Many of the parents and beneficiaries that Space support are in need of help due to the impact of cancer, many of their friends, colleagues & volunteers have been impacted by cancer.
Space really want to maximise this opportunity to get a message out in an informed way that shows government that the proposed changes are not good for our area.
Come along and support this cause on June 10th and encourage your colleagues, friends and family to call to the Good Space (opposite Scissors hairdressers just off Hill Street) then maybe sufficient returns can be collected to challenge decision makers to rethink the proposed model.
For further information, contact Space at 028 3083 5764 and ask for Joanne.
Breast Care Assessments conclude that:
- Northern Ireland needs a four site model of breast services delivery, not the three site model of most likely Ulster, Antrim and Altnagelvin.
- In 2016/2017 Craigavon Hospital was the second busiest Breast Assessment unit in NI.
- Geographically choosing three units rather than four will deny the Southern half of NI a service.
- The consultation travel findings were based on people with private transport. There was no consideration given to patients who required public transportation.
- Space provides a home to hospital service for Older people living in the Mournes, users tell Space that public transport from Kilkeel to the City Hospital radiotherapy unit leaves them sicker from the travel than the treatment.
- As there is no additional funding forthcoming to improve public transport, is there an expectation that patients may not bother being screened as travel may become prohibitive?
- Our ageing population in NI is already struggling to attend out of area radiotherapy and chemotherapy appointments, Breast cancer incidence increases with age, does this proposal impact on the human rights of our older people?
- Having a Breast assessment service in SHSCT, could help balance out the clustering of services within the northern part of NI.
The public of NI deserve better, only one option has been put forward, it is not considerate of transport/cost of travel/impact on family/risk of denial rather than travel.
(Monday) 8:30 am - 6:30 pm
The Good Space
, 5-7 Marcus Street, Newry