BreastCheck routine screening is to resume at a reduced capacity in Donegal this week.

Invites are being sent out to eligible women for screening appointments dated from 08 March 2021.

Those who have waited the longest for appointments will be invited first.

Invitation letters will be sent first to those who had their appointments cancelled in January 2021. Invitations for all other women due routine screening will follow.

Breast screening restarted in October 2020 after it was paused on Public Health and Government advice due to the global COVID-19 pandemic. However, BreastCheck has been operating a reduced service since the beginning of January 2021, due to unprecedented levels of the virus within the community.

Meanwhile, women in the assessment phase of breast screening will continue to be seen.

Appointment uptake is a key focus of BreastCheck this month. All participants, including new entrants, are being asked to check their telephone details on the register as a new text management system is in place to maximise appointment uptake.

“If women cannot make their appointment, we are asking them to let us know, so that we can rearrange their appointment and offer the slot to someone else,” said a statement from the National Screening Service.

“Anyone who has symptoms of COVID-19 should not attend a screening appointment until they are sure that they are clear of the illness. They should visit for guidelines and advice.”