A woman in Lockeport is left in the lurch waiting for a mammogram appointment after a mammogram radiologist at the Yarmouth Regional Hospital quit.
Holly Chedd requires diagnostic breast screening because she has lumps in both breasts. There is a family history of breast cancer.
It took three weeks for Holly to see a nurse practitioner for a referral to Yarmouth. Her initial appointment was on December 7. Now that the radiologist has quit, she is being told her appointment will be rescheduled for early February.
“Waiting two months for my procedure was stressful enough, but now that I’ve been told it’ll be even longer, I don’t know how to get through this,” says Holly. “And I’m not the only one. There are many other women who have had their appointments cancelled. We are all being left to wait and worry. It’s excruciating.”
Queens-Shelburne MLA Kim Masland asked about Holly’s plight in Question Period today.
“This is just another example of complete mismanagement from the Health Authority and this Liberal government,” says Masland. “It is beyond unfair to leave these women waiting for this critical procedure. Something must be done to ensure that the women of Southwest Nova Scotia receive the care they deserve.”
The average wait time for diagnostic breast screening in Nova Scotia is 33 days. The NSHA website says the wait in Yarmouth is 70 days, but Holly will have to wait upwards of 120 days. She made the scheduler aware that she would drive to a different hospital for the mammogram but was told that wasn’t possible.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.