Dromore set to board Big Bus

Action Cancer's new-look Big Bus mobile detection unit.
Action Cancer's new-look Big Bus mobile detection unit.

Dromore’s A One Tyres will later this month play host to Action Cancer’s Big Bus, as the mobile detection unit

rolls into town again.

Ahead of the October 23 visit the charity is encouraging locals to book appointments early, as typically places are filled quickly.

The Dromore date is part of the unit’s ongoing tour of Northern Ireland and the bus will be be located at A One Tyres’ Banbridge Road premises.

The mobile clinic, whose main sponsor is retail group SuperValu and its independent retailers, was launched in 2006 to help Action Cancer save lives and support people.

The 18m articulated vehicle houses cancer prevention and early detection services and staff on the unit also provide information about support services.

“The Big Bus has become a well-known and valuable health resource for men and women throughout Northern Ireland, delivering life-saving services right to their doorstep,” said co-ordinator Seán Conlon.

Services provided on the Big Bus, which is fully accessible, include digital breast screening for women aged between 40 and 49 and over 70, health promotion and MOT health checks for men and women.

A full body composition analysis using the latest technology provides clients with information on their height, weight, body mass index and more, and also offers health awareness and weight loss guidance.

Staff can provide information on complementary therapies and other cancer support services such as counselling, a Listening Ear Service and support groups, which are available for cancer patients, their carers and families at the charity’s headquarters in Belfast and at other locations.

Anyone interested in making an appointment for the Big Bus when it is in Dromore should telephone Action Cancer in advance on 028 9080 3344.

Alternatively, you can book online by going to www.actioncancer.org, and follow the ‘online booking’ link on the home page.

Appointments will be available from 10am to 3pm each day.

Bookings are taken on a first-come, first-served basis.