Braintree district: Search goes on for breast screening unit site

Councillor Julia Allen

Councillor Julia Allen

First published in News

A location for a breast screening unit in Braintree has not yet been found.

The Chelmsford and Colchester NHS Breast Screening Service wants to a central location within Braintree district to base its unit.

It is currently sited in the car park of the Co-op Solar superstore in Weavers Court, Halstead.

A suitable venue has not yet been found, but Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust remains hopeful of finding a location.

Braintree Council leader Graham Butland said: “The NHS wish to have one central place in each district and in our case that happens to be in Braintree.

“We would not want to have a situation where certain people in the district are disadvantaged.”

A district councillor has raised concerns about moving the unit away from the Halstead area.

Julia Allen, councillor for Halstead St Andrews, said: “I feel it would be tragic for Halstead if that is what they are going to do. It has probably been here for 25 years serving people in Halstead and surrounding villages."

Full story in this week's newspaper.

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6:43pm Sun 16 Dec 12

ma.milden@gmail.com says...

Why is it so difficult to find somewhere in Braintree for the Breast Screening Unit. It has been located here before on several occasions for the ladies of Braintree then moves on. Can be difficult for ladies to get to & from Halstead plus the cost of travel on public transport. What do we pay council tax for MR BUTLAND? Oh silly me you're a male (I was going to say a gentleman but that's not the case). that explains it all doesn't it?
Why is it so difficult to find somewhere in Braintree for the Breast Screening Unit. It has been located here before on several occasions for the ladies of Braintree then moves on. Can be difficult for ladies to get to & from Halstead plus the cost of travel on public transport. What do we pay council tax for MR BUTLAND? Oh silly me you're a male (I was going to say a gentleman but that's not the case). that explains it all doesn't it? ma.milden@gmail.com
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11:03pm Sun 16 Dec 12

Bloomer says...

I recently had to travel from Braintree to Maldon for a Mammogram.
It was easy for me in that I drive and an retired. Not so easy for working ladies or ladies that don't drive.

I can see this will deter many to miss out on a vital test.

Why then can the unit not be placed at Freeport as it has been in the past to allow local people access before moving to another area. I thought this was the idea for a MOBILE Unit. The answer is in the word Mobile is it not?
I recently had to travel from Braintree to Maldon for a Mammogram. It was easy for me in that I drive and an retired. Not so easy for working ladies or ladies that don't drive. I can see this will deter many to miss out on a vital test. Why then can the unit not be placed at Freeport as it has been in the past to allow local people access before moving to another area. I thought this was the idea for a MOBILE Unit. The answer is in the word Mobile is it not? Bloomer
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