We regret to inform you that BreastScreen Victoria is temporarily closed to protect clients and staff from the risk of coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
We understand the concerns about our service closure. This was a difficult but necessary decision to safeguard the health of our clients, staff, and community.
Our Contact Centre is open. We are contacting clients via phone, email, and SMS to inform them that we are cancelling all screening appointments until further notice and are not taking any new bookings at this time. We will contact clients to reschedule appointments once it is safe for us to re-open.
We are working with our Reading and Assessment Services to make sure we can complete as many readings and assessments as possible. We will provide further information to all impacted clients as soon as possible.
We have sought advice from our team and looked at the clinical risks around temporary closure. We recommend that our clients have a breast screen every two years. Although we don't know how long we will be closed, it is temporary, and for women with no symptoms, the risk of developing breast cancer during this short period is very low. Most women who attend breast screening receive an all clear.
Please remain breast aware. If you are concerned about any symptoms or breast changes, see your doctor without delay.
We want to reassure the community that the closure is not due to a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19 at any of our clinics. The closure will help reduce the risk of COVID-19 spread in our community. It will also help to free up capacity in the health care system by making our clinicians available to support and respond to COVID-19, and by reducing the demand on Personal Protective Equipment, which would otherwise be required if we continue to operate.
We are sorry for the impact this closure will have on our clients, and thank you for your patience and understanding. Our thoughts are with everyone impacted by this crisis. Please stay well and look after one another.