BreastScreen ACT will reopen from Monday 20 September after a five-week temporary closure in response to the current COVID-19 outbreak.
Women who have had their appointments cancelled will be rebooked as a priority now that the service is resuming.
Bookings in place next week at each of its three sites, Canberra City, Philip and Belconnen, will go ahead, with text reminders for appointments to resume from today.
All administrative staff, nurses, doctors, radiographers and sonographers at Breastscreen ACT are now fully vaccinated, which has been a key factor in the decision to reopen.
Rising vaccination rates across the ACT community, and particularly among women over the age of 50, have also contributed.
The service will restart with a comprehensive COVID-safe plan including limits on the number of people who can be present together in particular areas within the clinics.
Staff will wear appropriate PPE and consumers will be required to wear surgical masks.
Both patients and staff must complete the ACT Health Facilities Screening app on arrival.
We understand that even with these safeguards in place, some consumers may prefer to continue to postpone their appointment at this time.
We encourage these women to be breast aware and to see their GP if they notice any unusual changes.