The National Screening Service has confirmed that BreastCheck screening appointments are proceeding as normal, following a ransomware attack on the HSE last Friday.
All BreastCheck screening appointments are proceeding as normal in the four breast screening static units and mobile units. We are asking women to attend their appointment or let us know if they can no longer attend so that we can offer this slot to someone else.
However, the service said it is experiencing some difficulties accessing surgery in their host hospitals. Patients who have follow-up hospital appointments should check the HSE hospital services disruptions page here to see if appointments are going ahead as planned at their hospital. This page is updated regularly.
If anyone has any further questions please contact their breast screening unit.
We are asking our sampletakers to defer all screening appointments booked from 18-21 May while we check the safety of our processes along the cervical screening pathway.
We are asking sampletakers to:
· Contact people booked in for screening from May 18-21 and defer their appointments
· Reassure them that it is safe to wait a little longer for their screening test
· Not take any new screening samples from May 18-21
· Continue to return any samples taken to date for our laboratories to process
· Be aware that there may be a delay in receiving the screening test results of screened patients.
We are asking our participants to continue to return their home screening kits. We are continuing to receive and process FIT kit samples, and issue participants with their results.
Patients who are scheduled for a colonoscopy will receive an initial call from a BowelScreen nurse. They will have a further call with a nurse to discuss their colonoscopy in detail as soon as access to hospital systems has been restored.
Diabetic RetinaScreen appointments are continuing as planned.
We continue to advise patients who have follow-up hospital appointments to check the HSE hospital services disruptions page here to see if appointments are going ahead as planned at their hospital. This page is updated regularly.