Cancer screening closer to home
Perth and Smiths Falls District Hospital is bringing breast cancer screening closer to home.
December 2, 2016 – Perth and Smith Falls, Ontario - Perth and Smith Falls District Hospital launches its newest service with the official opening of an Ontario Breast Screening Program (OBSP) clinic next week in partnership with the South East Regional Cancer Program (SERCP). The new clinic will provide free breast screening services to women between the ages of 50 and 74. Woman of screening age in Perth and Smith Falls and surrounding communities can call the clinic themselves and set up an appointment for their mammogram.
The new OBSP clinic will offer women in the community the opportunity to be part of the Ontario Breast Screening Program. This means woman have access to high quality mammograms and the results of those screening appointments will be back to the physicians and the patient within two weeks. Also, those who are part of the program will receive a reminder letter so they know when their next breast screening will be coming up.
Having an organized screening program for this area is important because mammography remains the best screening test for women. It is recommended that women age 50 and over have a mammogram every two years. Regular breast cancer screening means earlier detection of cancer and, as a result, better health outcomes.
“The new Ontario Breast Screening Program site will not only improve cancer screening rates in our region but ensure that patients in the Perth and Smith Falls community have access to quality screening and follow-up closer to home. The new clinic is a demonstration of regional partners working together as a team to deliver the right care, at the right time, in the right location for the benefit of patients.” - Brenda Carter, Regional Vice President, Cancer Services, South East Regional Cancer Program
“For many eligible women in the area, the addition of this program means easier access to routine breast screening. It will be a particular benefit for those without a family physician as patients have the ability to self-refer. The work of the local physicians in support of this program at our hospital is acknowledged and greatly appreciated.” - Bev McFarlane, President & CEO, Perth and Smiths Falls District Hospital
Beverley McFarlane, RN, BScN, MA
President & CEO
Perth and Smiths Falls District Hospital
ABOUT THE SOUTH EAST REGIONAL CANCER PROGRAM
The South East Regional Cancer Program (SERCP) promotes seamless, high-quality, patient and familycentred cancer care for the residents of southeastern Ontario. This region is home to nearly 500,000 people and stretches from Brighton to Prescott and north to Bancroft. Affiliated with Cancer Care Ontario, SERCP strives for cancer risk reduction, early detection, excellent patient experiences and better patient outcomes by helping facilitate the high-quality delivery of cancer services in the South East region, while ensuring cancer care is delivered according to province-wide standards.
ABOUT PERTH AND SMITHS FALLS DISTRICT HOSPITAL
The Perth and Smiths Falls District Hospital (the “Hospital”) is a fully accredited acute care health care organization located on two state-of-the-art sites. The hospital is situated in the heart of the Rideau Canal region and proudly provides health services to more than 44,000 people in the surrounding communities. The hospital delivers a broad range of primary and secondary services and programs such as emergency care, diagnostic imaging, obstetrics, general and specialty surgical services, dialysis as well as laboratory and infection control services.