Zero waiting for abortions and 43 days for a mammography exam in 2022

Women aged 50 to 69 who have not received an invitation can undergo mammography screening through the Toll Free or the email dedicated, without the need to contact the CUP anymore

Bari, 18 January 2023 – 63,756 mammograms were performed in Bari and its province in 2022, of which 32,863 for screening (women between 50 and 69 years old) and 30,893 for clinical breasts (women between 40 and 49 years old and over 70). The average waiting times, for mammograms booked during the year by women outside the screening range, do not exceed 43 days with a respect equal to 92.6% of the times envisaged by the National Government Plan for Waiting Lists ( PNGLA), except for urgent cases that are managed with direct access and within 10 days in the ASL reference centres.

“This narration circulated in some media, although in the form of parody, does not correspond to the health reality of Bari. The real data – comments the Director General Antonio Sanguedolce – are exactly the opposite of news and parodies related to the well-known fiction “The investigations of Lolita Lobosco” circulated in these hours and harbingers of an untrue representation, therefore it is extremely necessary to clarify it to give credit to the results achieved following the incessant work of health professionals engaged in ensuring an adequate and timely response to women’s needs “.

Screening and clinical senology: prevention works

Over 65 thousand invitations to perform a mammogram were sent in 2022, equal to an extension that has already reached 82 percent of the target female population to date. These are the first partial results achieved by the ASL Bari mammography screening program aimed at women aged 50 to 69, an audience that in Bari and its province totals approximately 92,500 interested users. The complex and painstaking work of the network of 10 centers dedicated to mammography screening and the screening secretariat is at the base. For women to whom the invitation, for whatever reason, should not have arrived, direct access has also been provided through the Green number (800 055 955 – active from Monday to Friday 8.30-12.00, Tuesday and Thursday 15.30-17.30) or by email screeningoncologici@asl.bari.it, without the need to contact the CUP anymore.

IVG: guaranteed access to all women

As regards abortions, the Public Health Service guaranteed services with zero expectations in 2022 on over 2,000 IVGs performed between Bari and the province. In addition, 40 per cent of the total number of IVGs in the entire region is carried out in the area covered by the ASL of Bari.

«The ASL is a point of reference and support also for women – continues Sanguedolce – who request a voluntary termination of pregnancy. There are no waiting lists. The taking charge in our centers does not exceed 3/4 days and emergencies are also dealt with during the day”.

Almost all – about 80 percent – of pregnancy interruptions occur with the pharmacological method, and the ASL Bari is one of the very few companies in Italy to offer this possibility to patients, as a first choice procedure, in line with what has been established by the World Health Organization. Access to the ASL services that deal with family planning is free and direct: women can access through a consulting room, a general practitioner, by going in person or by contacting the individual operating units of the “Fallacara” in Triggiano or the San Paul of Bari.

Lastly, contraception is offered free of charge in the ASL centers and recently, to further enhance the healthcare offer, an innovative instant messaging service, EvƏ (366 6240059) was activated for sexual and reproductive health, operating every day , Saturday, Sunday and holidays included, from 8 to 20. The ASL of Bari offers not only hormonal contraception, but also intrauterine devices: the offer is completed with medical devices, for all those women who cannot take hormonal substances o are subject to the risk of an unwanted pregnancy, having little possibility of carrying out check-ups or who tend to abandon the contraceptive method due to lack of adherence or difficulty in accessing services.

Zero waiting for abortions and 43 days for a mammography exam in 2022