Action Cancer Big Bus is to stop in Larne

Action Cancer patron Nuala McKeever, left, joins Big Bus coordinator Sean Conlon and sponsor SuperValu's marketing manager Briege McGinty to announce the Big Bus visit to Larne. INLT 05-611-CON
Action Cancer patron Nuala McKeever, left, joins Big Bus coordinator Sean Conlon and sponsor SuperValu's marketing manager Briege McGinty to announce the Big Bus visit to Larne. INLT 05-611-CON

Action Cancer is bringing its mobile clinic, the Big Bus, to Larne this month as part of its ongoing tour of the region.

The unit, which is the first of its kind in Europe, will be hosted by Ledcom on behalf of the Antiville and Craigyhill Seniors Forum at the Bank Road industrial estate on February 16 and 17.

The 18-metre articulated vehicle, with expanding side pods, houses cancer prevention and early detection services and staff provide information about support services. The mobile clinic was launched in 2006 to help Action Cancer save lives and support people.

Services 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 provides clients with information on their height, weight, body mass index and more, and also offers health awareness and weight-loss guidance, encouraging people to adapt to a healthier lifestyle.

Big Bus 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.

The Big Bus is fully accessible for people with disabilities by means of a wheelchair lift,

Anyone interested in making an appointment for the Big Bus should telephone Action Cancer in advance on 028 9080 3344. Appointments will be available from 10am to 3pm each day. Bookings are taken on a first-come-first-served basis.

Action Cancer’s head of professional services, Geraldine Kerr, explained why the public should take advantage of the mobile clinic; “The Big Bus is a unique facility for men and women throughout Northern Ireland as it delivers vital life-saving and support services right to their doorstep.

“Every year the Big Bus visits 200 communities, providing breast screenings to nearly 3,000 women and health checks and advice to approximately 2,000 people.

“With cancer rates on the increase, early detection and prevention services, as well as support for those diagnosed with cancer and their families, are even more crucial. Action Cancer would therefore strongly encourage the public to avail of the Big Bus service when it visits their community.”

The Big Bus team targets areas in Northern Ireland where cancer risk is greatest and where uptake of screening services is low.

Individuals wishing to make an appointment for a service and groups and companies wishing to make a booking for the Big Bus to visit their location should telephone Action Cancer on 028 9080 3344 or use the dedicated email address bigbus@actioncancer.org w