Morley’s Breast Screening Unit is open

Sometimes the community comes together and we can make a real difference. And women in Morley can now access the NHS’s breast screening service close to home once again thanks a great local campaign.

A few weeks back I took local campaigner Elaine Newell to meet our local ASDA store manager Brian Boyle, Asda’s Community Champion, Maxine Green and Managers of the Leeds Breast Screening Service. Having checked out a few other potential sites without success, we were hopeful Asda might have the space needed to host the screening unit. But I don’t think any of us thought we would sort a space there and then.

But as Asda shoppers will know this is an issue close to home for the company as their annual ‘Tickled Pink’ campaign demonstrates. Not only have they provided the space but Asda also offered to install the electricity and water the unit needs too.

Things have moved really quickly and thanks to Maxine’s dad’s tractor (yes really!) the unit was moved into place a couple of weeks back. I opened it officially on Friday, just a few weeks since Cllr Neil Dawson and I launched the campaign. For 8 weeks or so women will be able to attend their appointments right here in Morley and then the unit will be back for the next round of screenings for Morley women.

Having the unit back in Morley once again means that women will no longer have to travel all the way to Middleton for screenings. It should mean that more women come forward for screening which is really great news.

Thanks to Asda and all the campaigners for making this happen.

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Posted June 19th, 2012 by Ed