A breast screening film for women with learning difficulties launched at NBT

Friday, 22 November 2019

A film made by and for women with learning disabilities to take the fear out of going for breast screenings has been launched and premiered at North Bristol NHS Trust on Wednesday 20th November.

The biggerhouse film production for Avon Breast Screening tells the story of a woman with learning difficulties being asked to go for a mammogram and follows her through the process.

It has been well documented, that women with learning disabilities (LD) are not well informed about breast cancer and that the uptake of breast screening in this group is very low. The team are hoping this video, which was filmed at North Bristol Trust, will help change people with Learning Difficulties perception and encourage them to look after their health by going for the test.

The launch was a great success with more than 40 people turning up to watch the video.

Lead CNS breast screening, Ingrid Fuchs, said: “ The premier had a great turn out. It felt as if it was an Oscars night as we decorated the room with stars, a red carpet and other decorations which was a lovely touch.

“We had great feedback with people saying the movie was moving, honest, engaging and suitable not only for Learning Difficulties women but everybody. I think the message came across well.”