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Expanded breast screening at Bath Street Health and Wellbeing Centre now open

Mayor of Warrington Cllr Jean Flaherty and patient representative Dawn Atherton officially opened new and improved breast screening facilities for Warrington residents on Thursday 22 June 2023.

The investment to improve the experience of patients by bringing together breast screening in Warrington in a single purpose-built location is the culmination of months of work by Warrington and Halton Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (WHH) and a range of other partners including Community Health Partnerships.

The additional clinic rooms, new mammography screening machine and extra space created for the service at Bath Street mean patients can now expect reduced waits in an extension to the existing breast screening service in the accessible town centre location. Patients from the Trust’s Experts by Experience programme were invited to input into the design at different points in the project to ensure it meets the varied needs of all patients.

The mayor of Warrington cuts the ribbon to officially open the Bath Street,
Mayor of Warrington Cllr Jean Flaherty and patient representative Dawn Atherton open the Bath Street clinic (Credit WHH)

Wendy Farrington-Chadd, CEO Community Health Partnerships (far right in photograph) said: 

“It was fantastic to be a part of opening the expanded breast cancer screening clinic at Bath Street Health and Wellbeing Centre, Warrington. Bringing together breast screening services here will allow more women to receive reassurance about their health closer to home.

“The project has also created an additional four new clinical rooms and an interview space which will allow many more services to be delivered in a central location in Warrington and help decrease the current NHS backlog.”

Simon Constable, Chief Executive of WHH said: “The investment in additional breast screening capacity at Bath Street supports our ambition to deliver more outpatient services from accessible locations in the heart of our communities.  The co-location of breast screening services, previously provided in the Victorian Kendrick Wing at Warrington Hospital, also means we are able to screen more patients, enabling us to reduce waits for screening and treatment.  We’d like to thank all our partners, without whom the development of these fantastic new facilities would not have been possible.”

Shabnam Rashid Radio grapher and Nicola Worthington Assistant practitioner stand beside a mammography machine
Shabnam Rashid Radiographer and Nicola Worthington Assistant practitioner (Credit WHH)

Fulcrum CEO and Renova Board member, Sarah Beaumont-Smith said: “Bath Street already plays a vital role in supporting community health and the investment in more breast screening capacity and more clinical space will be a huge boost to local residents. We are always looking for ways to increase and improve the facilities available to patients, so it’s fantastic to see these new services now in use at such an important time for community health.”

The reconfiguration of the space has also made it possible to create four more clinical rooms and meeting space at Bath Street, paving the way for a range of other health services to be offered from this purpose-built central location in the future.

The development has been supported by £930k investment from Community Health Partnerships, Renova Developments Ltd (owned by healthcare investor Fulcrum) and funding from NHS England and NHS Cheshire and Merseyside, as well as from Warrington and Halton Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust.

Breast Screening in Warrington is co-ordinated by the Warrington, Halton, St Helens and Knowsley Breast Screening Programme, which is delivered by the team at WHH.

The project at Bath Street is the latest phase of improvement within local breast services and means breast screening appointments no longer need to be offered in Warrington Hospital’s Victorian era Kendrick Wing – a change which was supported during a public consultation exercise in 2022. 

In 2021, WHH also opened a modern purpose-built Breast Care Centre in the Captain Sir Tom Moore building at Halton.

Breast screening in Warrington will continue to be provided via a mobile unit as well as within the expanded unit within Bath Street.

For information on the routine breast screening offered by the programme please visit www.whsthkbss.nhs.uk

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