Like many screening services around the country, Kettering General Hospital complied with government lockdown advice during the COVID-19 pandemic and made the decision to pause its National Health Service Breast Screening Programme for the health and safety of clients and colleagues.
When lockdown restrictions began to ease, the team at Kettering immediately started to consider what changes would be needed to safely restore the service. Their aim was to get the service up and running as soon as possible to minimise the potential adverse effect of delayed diagnosis for their screening population.
“Our executive team and other key stakeholders were very supportive of our plan to restart the programme,” explained superintendent radiographer Katalin Woodland and breast screening programme manager Deborah Black. “The other thing that was a key element in the delivery of our recovery programme was our new Fujifilm mobile screening unit. The flexibility this offers has helped enable us to be one of the first units nationally to restart the NHS Breast Screening Programme.”
Picture: Advanced practitioner in radiology Deborah Mapley, superintendent radiographer Katalin Woodland and breast screening programme manager Deborah Black.
See the full report on page 22 of the August 2020 issue of RAD Magazine.