Hereford & Worcester

Worcestershire cable theft prevents breast screenings

About 50 women in Worcestershire had their breast screening appointments cancelled after an electrical cable was stolen.

The £200 cable was used to run a mobile NHS breast screening unit.

Police say thieves broke into a substation in the grounds of Kidderminster Health Centre at some point between 27 and 30 January.

An NHS spokesman said appointments were cancelled on Monday, but the service resumed on Tuesday.

Dr Stuart Bourne from NHS Worcestershire said: "We were understandably shocked to learn of the theft of this cable which allows the mobile NHS breast screening unit to provide this important service to women in Kidderminster and the surrounding area.

"This cabling is specialised and we were fortunate to be able to obtain a replacement at short notice.

"We are rescheduling those patients we regrettably had to cancel to ensure their screening is delivered within appropriate time frames.

"We would ask for the public's support in reporting any suspicious activity around the Kidderminster Health Centre car park in order to avoid a repetition of this unfortunate event."

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