BreastScreen NSW clinics in parts of Sydney remain closed due to COVID-19

BreastScreen clinics throughout much of Greater Sydney remain closed, with no set date for when they will reopen.

In a statement posted to the BreastScreen NSW website on October 28, the organisation said it was "working closely with services at each local health district to resume screening as soon as local conditions allow".

A spokeswoman said today there was no date available for when it would resume services at its clinics at Campbelltown, Liverpool, Wattle Grove, Wetherill Park and the Hawkesbury.

BreastScreen NSW clinics throughout Sydney were closed in June due to the COVID-19 Delta pandemic.

This included services at Miranda, St George Hospital at Kogarah, Campbelltown, Liverpool, Wattle Grove, Wetherill Park and the Hawkesbury.

The closure later extended across all of NSW as case numbers grew and the "need to redeploy staff to support the pandemic response at each local health district".

BreastScreen NSW said at the time "the decision to suspend screening was made in response to the increasing risk posed by the COVID-19 Delta strain and a need to redeploy staff to support the pandemic response at each local health district".

BreastScreen NSW announced earlier in October it had recommenced operations at selected clinics in South Eastern Sydney and Illawarra Shoalhaven regions following a "temporary suspension of services".

BreastScreen NSW said services recommenced at its Miranda clinic on October 11 and Kogarah on October 18.

"As clinics reopen, we will be prioritising women who had their appointment cancelled during the suspension to rebook their appointment as soon as it is possible in their local area," a statement posted to its website said.

"The reopening of clinics will be gradual, with the decision to open each clinic made on a case-by-case basis according to the level of risk and operational considerations posed by the COVID-19 Delta strain in the area."

It said further updates would be provided on its website and Facebook page.

BreastScreen NSW is a free screening service for women aged 50 to 74 with no cancer symptoms.

It is run by Cancer Institute NSW and managed by local health districts.

The suspension of the service has sparked fears it will lead to much later breast cancer diagnosis and worse outcomes for patients.

BreastScreen NSW encouraged women to see their GP if they have any concerns.

"We continue to urge any women with questions regarding their breast health, or experiencing breast symptoms to see their regular doctor without delay to get a referral for diagnostic testing, which continues to be the nationally recommended pathway for symptomatic women."

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