100 people every week in our community deal with a possible life-changing diagnosis
"I finished the appointment and walked out of the hospital to get to my car and suddenly I was very aware of the wind, the sun - life. I sat in my car and just fell apart.” Niki
“It was a really hard time. I was crying and my brother was upset. It felt like everything was going to change from now on.” Ruby 13, Niki’s daughter
Together we can help make a dramatic difference to patients like Niki and their families. To do this we need to establish a new and expanded Waitematā Breast Service, a world-class diagnostic breast service for our region.
Breast Cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths for women in our region and diagnosis and treatment for patients can involve travel to different medical facilities spread out across the area. Our vision is to provide clinical excellence in the assessment, diagnosis and multidisciplinary treatment of breast cancer and breast disorder in one place, reducing wait times, reducing anxiety and improving outcomes.
North Shore Hospital is currently home to the busiest breast clinic in New Zealand, with approx. 100 referrals a week from across North Shore, West Auckland and Rodney, an increase of 100% since 2012. Approximately 10% of these patients will be diagnosed with breast cancer, 30% of those will be under 50 and 90-95% will have had no breast cancer history in their family.
The effects of COVID-19 have also seen a surge in referrals from Breast Screen Aotearoa and GPs since the country moved into Alert Level 2. A significant increase on the 100-a-week received prior to lockdown. The introduction of additional mammogram and ultrasound capability, and additional consultation rooms, is urgently needed to help meet increased patient numbers.
A new site for the expanded service has been identified at North Shore Hospital, building consent has been granted and in June the contractors moved in to start demolition. We hope to have the new service, Kia Ū Ōra – Waitematā Breast Service, completed and up and running, and improving outcomes for our patients, by January2021
To do this we need your help.
We have an amazing family of donors who have got us to this point but we are not finished yet in securing the $2million Well Foundation committed to fundraise to ensure the new service is fully set up to deliver the world class care our region needs.
Can you join our family of donors?
See more at https://wbs.wellfoundation.org.nz/