"Breast screening appointment - dignity concerns"

I was invited to attend this centre for routine breast screening. On arrival I was asked to go into a small room, remove all clothing from my upper body and wait. No gowns were available and I was told that gowns were not possible as too many patients attended and anyway the laundry budget had been cut. I was called in for my mammogram and was then expected to converse with the (admittedly slightly taciturn) screening operator and answer preliminary questions whilst bare breasted. Obviously I understand that one must be bare breasted for the actual mammography, but I have never been left ungowned before and after the procedure and found it undignified and unpleasant.

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