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I am pleased to let you know that the new BreastScreen Aotearoa service for women in central Auckland has commenced. The service has a new clinic situated at 308 Great South Road, Greenlane (next to Countdown), close to public transport and has plenty of parking. The call centre is now booking appointments and screening mammograms started this week.
A new mobile breast screening unit is being built and the plan is to start screening women in June. In the meantime, arrangements are being made to ensure women who would have been screened on the mobile are supported to access screening at the Great South Road clinic.
The new provider is BreastScreen Auckland Central, managed by Waitematā DHB. The new service has been set up after the previous provider, BreastScreen Auckland Limited, gave notice that it was ending its contract on 28 February 2021.
Getting a new clinic up and running so quickly is a great achievement and I’d like to thank everyone involved, especially the Waitematā and Auckland DHB project team and staff. Our focus throughout has been to provide a quality breast screening service for women and to achieve a seamless transition to the new provider. While there has been a small gap in service this has been kept to a minimum. BreastScreen Auckland Central is working hard to ensure that women do not have to wait too long for their mammogram. The impact of COVID-19 also presents a challenge with breast screening providers across the country doing their best to catch up on women who may have had appointments deferred.
Women who are worried about their breast health should not wait for their next mammogram but see their doctor as soon as they can.
Key BreastScreen Auckland Central contacts are:
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