A film made by and for women with learning disabilities to take the fear out of going for breast screenings launched and premiered at North Bristol NHS Trust in November.
The biggerhouse film production for Avon Breast Screening tells the story of a woman with learning difficulties being asked to go for a mammogram and follows her through the process.
It has been well documented that women with learning disabilities are not well informed about breast cancer and that the uptake of breast screening in this group is very low. The team are hoping this video, which was filmed at North Bristol NHS Trust, will help change perceptions for people with learning difficulties and encourage them to look after their health by going for the test.
More than 40 people attended the launch at North Bristol NHS Trust where the film was premiered.
Ingrid Fuchs, Lead Clinical Nurse Specialist for breast screening, said:
“The premiere had a great turn out. It felt as if it was an Oscars night as we decorated the room with stars, a red carpet and other decorations which was a lovely touch."
“We had great feedback with people saying the movie was moving, honest, engaging and suitable not only for women with learning difficulties but everybody. I think the message came across well.”