Share your views on breast cancer diagnostic services

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Teesside patients have been urged to share their views to help improve breast cancer diagnostic services in the area.

The NHS is currently running a 12-week listening exercise to talk to people across Middlesbrough, Redcar and East Cleveland about their experience of breast diagnostic services at North Tees Hospital.

The service moved to North Tees Hospital temporarily from The James Cook University Hospital in October 2015 due to an inability to recruit breast radiologists.

NHS South Tees Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) want to hear the views of anyone living in the Middlesbrough, Redcar and Cleveland area who has had a breast diagnostic appointment at North Tees Hospital after being referred by their GP. This does not include patients referred though a routine breast screening appointment.

Dr Janet Walker, Medical Director at NHS South Tees CCG, said: “There are lots of ways patients can get involved with our 12-week listening exercise. We have three engagement events coming up in 2020, as well as a survey to fill in.

“We would love to hear your views about what is good and bad about the service and how we can improve.

“I would encourage you to either come along to one of our engagement events or complete a short survey. Your views will help shape how the service looks in the future.”

The first breast services engagement event is taking place at Palace Hub, 28 – 29 Esplanade, Redcar, TS10 3AE on Thursday 9 January from 2.30pm until 3.30pm.

Patients are asked to register their attendance by visiting
breastservicespubliceventredcar9jan.eventbrite.co.uk or calling 01642 745401.

A second event is being held at Acklam Green Centre, Stainsby Road, Middlesbrough, TS5 4JS on Wednesday 15 January  from 10am until 11.30am.

A further event is taking place at the same venue from 6pm until 7.30pm on 15 January.

You can register to attend by visiting breastservicespubliceventmbro15janam.eventbrite.co.uk (am) or breastservicespubliceventmbro15janpm.eventbrite.co.uk (pm) or calling 01642 745401.

Patients can fill in a short survey on breast services by visiting surveymonkey.co.uk/r/breastservices. The survey is open until Friday 7 February.

For more information, visit southteesccg.nhs.uk/get-involved/patient-engagement-diagnostic-breast-services