Under-pressure NHS bosses have cancelled breast screening services at Stoke-on-Trent’s main hospital.
They have suspended scheduled appointments across the University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust (UHNM) as the NHS continues to battle against the coronavirus pandemic.
The trust runs the Royal Stoke University Hospital and Stafford’s County Hospital.
It is not known when the service will resume.
Breast cancer screening is first offered to any woman within three years of their 50th birthday. Each mammogram is then conducted every three years.
A trust spokesman said: “As part of UHNM’s response to the national coronavirus outbreak, we have regrettably suspended the breast screening service in line with Government and Public Health England guidance.
“If you have a booked appointment or are expecting an appointment, this will no longer be taking place. Once screening resumes you will be contacted with a new appointment.
“If you have recently had a breast screening mammogram we will still send your results by post as usual. If you require further imaging we will contact you by letter and telephone.
“In the meantime, if you have any changes in your breast or symptoms that are causing you concern, please contact your GP.”
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The trust has also revealed its walk-in community phlebotomy service has also been suspended with immediate effect. It means patients can only attend if they have a pre-booked appointment with the blood clinics.
Appointments take place every week at Bradwell Hospital, Meir Primary Care Centre, Cobridge Community Health Centre, Bentilee Health Centre, Leek Moorlands Hospital, Tunstall Health Centre, Cheadle’s Tardis Surgery, Biddulph Primary Care Centre, Stoke Health Centre, and Kidsgrove Health Centre.
An NHS spokesman said: “If you or your household have any symptoms of a new continuous cough or temperature you should not attend your appointment. Do not attend without an appointment.”
To arrange an appointment call 01782 674242.