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Trust responds to MP over breast screening service ‘relocation’ comments

Trust dismisses MP claims proposals exist to relocate detection service to Ulster Hospital

The Southern Trust has moved to allay fears over the future provision of breast cancer screening services in the area.

It comes after Newry and Armagh MP Mickey Brady said on Saturday that there were proposals to relocate to the Ulster Hospital at Dundonald.

The Sinn Fein representative had stated: “There is a recommendation for the breast screening facility currently for the Southern Trust to be moved to the Ulster Hospital with a view to establish a single site to serve the greater Belfast area, with consolidation of three service locations onto a single site there.

“The main concern here is that there has been no consultation with staff and that that no representative from the Southern Trust has been interviewed as part of the review.”

Mr Brady said he had written to the Trust’s chief executive Shane Devlin on the matter “firstly making him aware that this has been brought to my attention and also to ask him for some information regarding this proposal”.

The Southern Trust, however, has said this is not the case.

It responded to the MP’s concerns on Sunday.

A spokesperson said: “The breast screening service is part of the National Breast Screening Programme and provides a free breast screening service for eligible well women throughout area.

“In the Southern Trust screening is provided via our specialist digital mobile units. They rotate between Lurgan Hospital, Dromalane Newry, Armagh Community Hospital, Banbridge  Health Centre and South Tyrone Hospitals.

“There are currently no plans to change the breast screening service in the Southern Health and Social Care Trust.”

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