The NHSBSP age extension: completed first-round statistics from Southern Derbyshire – why it works for us!
© BioMed Central 2006
Published: 10 July 2006
Southern Derby Breast Screening Service began inviting women up to the age of 70 years at the beginning of January 2003, and completed the first full round of screening for women aged 65–70 years on schedule in December 2005.
Data are presented for these women, in comparison with the 50–64 age group, and we describe briefly the simple but effective ways of working with administrative and radiographic teams to cope with the additional workload. For example, extending the skill mix, calling women numerically rather than alphabetically, introducing new mobile sites at central locations to encourage attendance, ensuring sufficient assessment slots and pre-allocating assessment appointments for smooth running clinics. The screening service has maintained all targets during this period.
Uptake rate (%)
Referral rate (%)
Number of women referred