Health bosses have welcomed the reinstatement of breast screening services in the borough.

Patients due for breast scans have been forced to travel outside of Hyndburn after the service relocated from the Accrington Victoria Hospital to Burnley General in 2010.

A mobile screening unit, which has previously only been available outside the borough, has now found a base at the Pals Primary Health Care Centre, on Paradise Street, Accrington.

Lynne Riding, screening office manager for East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust, said the mobile unit moves to various sites across the region, including Haslingden and Blackburn, but this is the first time it has been available in Hyndburn.

She added: “Quite a lot of ladies were upset that we had left Accrington and they had to travel.

“More often than not we had to invite them to Burnley General which obviously involves distance. We have only just acquired this site.” 

Screening appointments, offered strictly by invitation only to eligible women aged 50 to 70, will be timed to coincide with the unit being in Accrington. Patients cannot just book an appointment by ringing up.

Coun Pam Barton, Hyndburn council’s cabinet member for health, said: “It’s fantastic that women can now access this vital screening service locally.”

For more information on the service including the unit’s availability visit