Fury at loss of screening unit

NEAALM110310D1 - Breast cancer screening van at greasley sports centre
NEAALM110310D1 - Breast cancer screening van at greasley sports centre

PEOPLE in Eastwood are up-in-arms after a breast screening unit had to leave the town early because of complaints from residents living nearby.

The mobile unit, which runs from the Greasley Sports Centre car park in Dovecote Road, closed down last week after Nottinghamshire University Hospitals received complaints from residents about the noise of the vehicle’s generator.

But people in Eastwood are angry that a handful of complaints have led to women in the town, many elderly, having to catch two buses to travel into Nottingham city centre for the nearest facility instead.

One resident said: “The people in the district are absolutely up-in-arms, especially the ladies.

“There’s only a few people complaining and the ladies have now got to travel into the city. Some women haven’t got transport and many are elderly, and don’t like buses.

“What if people don’t bother going at all? I lost my wife to cancer. In this day and age it’s important to catch it early.”

Another concerned resident, who also did not want to be named, said: “I think it’s terrible. My sister has had breast cancer so I feel quite strongly about it.”

Nottingham University Hospitals is now looking into the possibility of wiring the unit up to a mains supply, so it can re-open without the need of a generator.

Although this would involve digging some of the park up, council clerk Andy Marshall said it would be a possibility because councillors are about to refurbish the park and play equipment anyway.

The unit comes to the town for three to four months every few years to screen women for breast cancer.

Jane Cullin, the NUH radiographic service manager for breast services, said: “Although the unit is only used for three sessions a week, the generator needs to run day and night to ensure a stable environment for the equipment.

“This is not a decision we have taken lightly, but we are keen to avoid further noise disturbance to people living nearby.

“We are also in talks with Greasley Parish Council to see whether a permanent power supply can be installed at the sports centre.”