Mammography trust bows out in good health

20:02, Dec 11 2013

After 25 years providing Southland women with subsidised breast screening, the Southland Mammography Service Trust is calling it a day.

Trust chairwoman Jenny Lemin said because the Southern District Health Board was not renewing the contract with the National Screening Programme, the Southland Mammography Services Trust was unable to continue to subsidise the mammography screening of women outside the screening age.

"After 25 years we haven't done bad.

"It was a fantastic thing in its time. This was a big decision, but we were beginning to think time had come anyway."

The mammography trust was formed after a very successful public fundraising appeal, she said.

It allowed women who fell outside the screening age group to have subsidised screens.

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It bought the first mammogram machine and had continued to assist the national Screening Programme with purchasing equipment, the decor of the unit and the training of staff.

"We're proud of what we've achieved," Mrs Lemin said.

"We've done what we set out to do and what we told the public we were going to do."

The trust will officially close today. Women wanting to be screened should contact their GP for referrals to alternative sources, she said.

The Southland Times