Stella arrives to help Tendring women

Stella has made a big arrival in Dovercourt to help thousands of women across the Tendring area. Stella is the name of one of the Chelmsford and Colchester Breast Screening Services mobile screening units.

Stella has made a big arrival in Dovercourt to help thousands of women across the Tendring area.

She set up camp in the Essex coastal town on Thursday, March 1st, and will stay until the end of June.

Stella is the name of one of the Chelmsford and Colchester Breast Screening Services mobile screening units.

A total of 3,200 women will be invited for screening at the unit, which is located at the town’s swimming pool in Wick Lane.

This is the sixth time the unit has been located at the swimming pool since 1992.

Stella’s sister unit Bertha has already set up camp at the Freeport shopping centre in Braintree, meaning the service is now screening women aged between 50 and 70 across the majority of north east Essex.

Women from across the Dovercourt and Harwich areas will now been invited for an appointment with Stella.

Those aged over 71 are encouraged to make their own appointment by phoning the breast screening office.

Anne Pugh, breast screening nurse and health promotion adviser, said: “The idea of our two mobile units is to provide routine breast screening as near to where women live as possible.

“Invitations for a mammogram will be posted to women about three weeks before their appointment and we urge them to take up the offer.

“We also advise women aged over 71 to contact us to make an appointment and anyone wanting to know anything about breast screening or awareness is more than welcome to call our office where they will receive the most appropriate advice.

“We are grateful for the continued support from the management and staff at the swimming pool.”

The Chelmsford and Colchester Breast Screening Service can be contacted on 01206 744749 or can call Anne Pugh direct on 01206 744645.

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