North Midlands Breast Screening Service are celebrating a recent success in an increase of uptake in attendance to the breast screening service and patient engagement.
Health Improvement Practitioner Gina Newman said: "Nationally, the uptake rates for breast screening have been in a 10 year decline, so we are delighted that we have seen an increase in the annual uptake for Breast screening in the North Midlands. All of this has been achieved with no funding, just hard work from staff, dedication and enthusiasm."
The team are also leading the way nationally, using digital technology to increase patient engagement through their Facebook page, which currently has more than 1,300 followers.
Gina continued "Facebook enables us to communicate with our service users with screening specific information and encourages engagement and advises on the correct pathways into the service."
Health Improvement Practitioner Jessica Mulroy Johnson said: "We have recently produced, with help from Redmoor Health, a health literacy friendly animation of the breast screening pathway. This animation is shown in local GP practices and has been viewed over 30,000 times. We have also produced a video of three local patients that were diagnosed with Breast cancer through our screening programme and have now had the all clear and are a success of the programme"
You can visit their Facebook page here - https://www.facebook.com/NorthMidlandsBreastScreeningService/
Compliments from service users
'May I on behalf of my friend and myself say a very big thank you to you all. From making the appointment to the radiologists who did the screening, we really appreciated your care. Keep up the good work'
'Really lovely experience for the first time mammogram. No waiting, kind and respectful staff. It only takes 5 minutes and they can see any issues 5 years before you could detect a lump. An excellent example of how much value we place on the NHS system and the staff . Thank you'
'I have been going to the Hanley clinic since I was 50 at 66 breast cancer was picked up. I had no lump no signs whatsoever. I am now a 7 year survivor. Every woman should go for this screening you never know'
'Great service, lovely staff & not at all scary! Quick in/out with no waiting around'
'Attended my screening today and I was in and out, very efficient. The student nurse is just completing her training and she was ace. We need more trainees!!! Thank you to our NHS service for saving lives.'
Overall uptake rates for attending Breast screening
01 April 2015 – 01 April 2016. Overall – 74%,
01 April 2016 – 01 April 2017. Overall – 71%,
01 April 2017 – 01 April 2018. Overall – 75%,