A NEW investment in mobile breast screening units meant the potentially lifesaving service weathered the winter storms in North Cornwall.
The Primrose Foundation, a charity that supports breast care in the South West, paid for the unit in Bude to be linked up to a landline power supply.
The screening service, based in the Crescent car park on Bude's Bencoolen Road, stayed active during the challenging weather while also providing an improved experience for patients.
Previously, the mobile unit ran off a diesel-powered generator fitted under the waiting area, causing unsettling vibration and noise to patients.
Diane Burkhalter, acting superintendent radiographer for the East Cornwall Breast Screening Service, said: "Having this power supply installed to the mobile unit makes the screening experience infinitely better and more comfortable for patients and the radiographic staff."
The Primrose Foundation celebrated its £1 million investment milestone last year and continues to fund improvements in breast care equipment and services across the South West.