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BREAST, cervical, bowel, abdomen and eye screening are all being suspended temporarily in the region on the orders of the Scottish Government.

There will be no mammograms, smear tests, AAA ultrasounds or diabetic retinopathy tests until further notice due to the coronavirus situation.

However, pregnancy and newborn screening programmes, offered during pregnancy and just after birth, will continue where practical.

And anyone who has been screened recently will have their results processed as normal.

Meanwhile, those with home bowel screening test kits which have not been used are asked to keep it safe until the programme restarts. Once testing resumes, the test kit can be used and sent back as normal. Anyone who has already completed the bowel screening kit should return it in the envelope provided with the kit.

Furthermore, anyone waiting for a colonoscopy appointment will be contacted directly.

An NHS spokesman said: “Screening programmes will restart as soon as possible. The situation with COVID-19 will be reviewed regularly. When screening restarts, invitations will be issued and appointments rearranged. Screening invitations and appointments will be prioritised appropriately. “Between screening appointments, everyone should be aware of any symptoms or signs of the conditions being screened for.”

Members of the public are also being signposted to the screening conditions page on NHS Inform, where symptoms can be found and anyone experiencing such symptoms should contact their GP practice.

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