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BreastScreen van “Nina” well on target

BreastScreen Victoria client Kerryn Mattingley of Foster is pictured outside mobile screening van “Nina” at the South Gippsland Hospital in Foster with BSV receptionist Trish Vernon and radiographer Joanne Ronald.

BreastScreen Victoria’s (BSV) hot-pink mobile radiology van “Nina” is well on the way to achieving her target of screening 700 women from throughout the Corner Inlet district during her current visit to Foster.

So far, Nina and her accompanying radiographer and receptionist have received more than 600 bookings, with nearly 200 local women already screened since the van opened for service in Foster on Monday August 23, 2021.

Just over 100 appointment slots are still available during the second half of Nina’s stay outside the South Gippsland Hospital in Station Road.

The final day for breast screens in Foster is Friday September 24, before Nina departs for her next Gippsland destination.

The van will be set up next at the Yarram and District Health Service in Commercial Road, ready to begin screening again from Monday September 27 to Friday October 15.

On duty with Nina in Foster last week was radiographer Joanne Ronald, together with Trish Vernon in charge of reception.

Joanne and Trish said that COVID-19 precautions required that both staff and clients wear masks while inside the van.

“The screening times have been carefully spaced to make sure of physical distancing and to give us plenty of time for cleaning in between each woman,” Joanne said.

“The last time the BSV van was in Foster was in 2019, and we’re enjoying seeing some familiar friendly faces again,” she said.

“BSV is inviting all eligible local women, especially those aged between 50 and 74 years, to take advantage of our free mobile screening service, especially while it’s right here in their own area.”

BSV chief executive officer Terri Smith said breast screening is the most effective way to find breast cancer early, before there are symptoms and when treatment is most likely to be successful.

“It’s been great to see how well our mobile screening service is being taken up by women in Foster and surrounding areas,” she said.

“If you’re eligible for a breast screen and haven’t booked an appointment yet, be sure to book before the van leaves on Friday September 24.”

For more information about making a BreastScreen Victoria appointment see www.breastscreen.
org.au or ring 13 20 50.

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