SCANdal as Redbridge women not invited to breast screening appointment
PUBLISHED: 07:54 08 May 2018 | UPDATED: 12:09 08 May 2018
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Redbridge Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has published information from Public Health England stating that some women in the borough were not sent a letter inviting them to a breast screening.
NHS England is now offering appointments to eligible women aged between 70 and 79 who did not get a final screen, as part of the routine NHS Breast Screening Programme.
A Redbridge CCG spokesman said: “The Breast Screening Programme usually invites women to have a screen once every three years when aged between 50 and 70 (up to their 71st birthday).
“This means women will usually receive their final screen sometime between their 68th and 71st birthdays.
“Most women can be reassured that they will have received their final invitation but there are some women, now aged between 70 and 79 years, who have missed an invitation due to a problem which dates back to 2009.”
Redbridge CCG said Public Health England, the NHS and the Department of Health and social care are very sorry this has happened and all affected women registered with a GP will be written to by the end of May with further information.
If you are concerned you can call a free helpline on 0800 169 2692.
For further information, visit gov.uk/government/news/women-offered-nhs-breast-screening-after-missed-invitations