02:07AM, Monday 13 May 2013
Patients and staff at the Parapet breast screening unit in Windsor welcomed a royal visitor on Wednesday.
The Queen's daughter-in-law Sophie, Countess of Wessex came to see the new digital mammography service and to talk to the staff who use it every day at King Edward VII Hospital.
She met Shahina Ahmed who is an advanced radiographic practitioner and was herself diagnosed with early stage breast cancer following her first routine screening mammogram.
“I went for my first appointment soon after my 50th birthday, in complete ignorance that anything could be wrong,” said Shahina who lives in Slough.
“I had no idea what I was walking around with and if I had put off the appointment, who knows what stage the cancer would have been at?”
‘I was very glad that I went for my mammogram and following treatment I am now back at work’.
Programme director and consultant radiologist Doctor Margaret Moreland, started the 'royal' tour in one of the mammogram rooms where the new digital x-ray mammography equipment has been installed.
The Countess also visited the ultrasound suite, a patient waiting area and was able to see one of the counselling rooms.
The tour continued to the lymphoedema suite, ending in the screen reading room where radiologists demonstrated the use of the new digital viewing equipment.
The Countess unveiled a commemorative plaque to applause by the staff.
Also present were Lord Lieutenant of Berkshire Hon Mrs Mary Bayliss, Mayor of Windsor and Maidenhead Cllr Colin Rayner and Mayoress Samantha Rayner.
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