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Right Arrow Breast care service closes to new patients
01 September 2014 at 15:27
Mr Rob Gillies, Executive Medical Director, said: “It is with great regret that following discussions with our NHS commissioners the Trust has taken the difficult decision to close its breast care service to new patients from 1 September 2014.

“There is a national shortage of radiologists who specialise in this type of care and we have spent more than 12 months trying to recruit to a post caused by a staff member retiring. Arrangements to appoint temporary radiologists fell through in early August.

“As it is not possible to operate the service safely without two breast specialist radiologists in post, we have had no choice but to close the service to new patients.

“I can assure all existing patients due an investigation, treatment or follow-up that they will continue to be seen at Southport and Ormskirk hospitals with the support of visiting radiologists until the completion of their treatment.

“I will also be writing to reassure those patients that the quality and timeliness of their care will be unaffected by this decision.

“We are also working with our NHS commissioners and neighbouring NHS trusts so there is no delay for new patients in receiving investigation and treatment.

“We have established a help and advice line for any current patients who may have questions or concerns. It is staffed 9.30am to 4pm on weekdays. A call-back service operates at all other times. The number is 01704 704788.”

Issued by Tony Ellis, marketing and communications manager
Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust

Telephone 01704 704494
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Notes for editors

1. Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust manages Southport and Formby District General Hospital and Ormskirk and District General Hospital, and is responsible for many community healthcare services for adults in Southport, Formby and West Lancashire. We also provide sexual health services across Sefton and West Lancashire. The Trust has a budget of £186m and employs 3,600 staff. In 2013/14, we saw 248,102 outpatients; treated 61,096 inpatients; made 305,750 community care contacts outside hospital; supported the birth of 2,766 babies; and attended to 95,146 urgent care cases.

2. The breast care service at the Trust sees approximately 2,200 new patients each year.

3. The majority of services provided by the Trust are commissioned by Southport and Formby Clinical Commissioning Group and West Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Group.