Niagara, ON - Representatives of the news media are invited to the launch of the Ontario Breast Screening Program (OBSP) at Douglas Memorial Hospital Site on Monday, March 3, 9 - 10:30 a.m. The satellite clinic will begin taking patients the morning of March 3 and hospital staff and partners will gather in the Public Health Room, Douglas Memorial Hospital Site, Fort Erie.
The first two patients who will be seen at the new clinic are Rosalie Snyder and Elizabeth Keller, both members of the Douglas Memorial Hospital Auxiliary. The Auxiliary generously provided funds to renovate the space for the OBSP clinic area.
Women aged 50 and up can call directly to 905-871-4673 to make an appointment to meet with an OBSP Nurse Examiner for breast health education and a mammogram. Results are sent directly to patients as well as their family physician. Recall appointments are made every two years. Other Niagara Health System OBSP clinics are located at Greater Niagara General Site, Port Colborne General Site, St. Catharines General Site and Welland Hospital Site.
Census data shows there are about 4,000 women, aged 50 to 69, in the Fort Erie area who are eligible to make an appointment at the Fort Erie OBSP clinic. It is estimated between 400 and 500 women will be served in the first year.
At the launch, the clinic area will be available for photos and viewing. Along with the first two patients, hospital staff and representatives from Cancer Care Ontario, Ontario Breast Screening Program, Douglas Memorial Hospital Foundation, Auxiliary and Standing Committee will attend the launch and will be available for interviews.