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Big Bus brings Cancer services back to Newry

Leading local cancer charity Action Cancer is bringing its Big Bus mobile unit back to Newry in November for three days as part of its ongoing tour of Northern Ireland.

The Bus will be hosted by the Southern Health Trust and will be located at three different venues in mid-November.

On Tuesday 11th November, the mobile unit will be located at the Parkhead Shop, Carnagat. It will be at Mourneview Park on Friday 14th, and the final visit will be on Wednesday 19th when the unit will be located beside Newry Swimming Pool.

The mobile clinic was launched in 2006 to help Action Cancer save lives and support people.

The 18 metre-long articulated vehicle with expanding side pods, houses cancer prevention and early detection services and staff on the unit also provide information about support services.

Action Cancer Big Bus Co-ordinator Seán Conlon explained why the public should take advantage of the service, “The Big Bus has become a well-known and valuable health resource for men and women throughout Northern Ireland, delivering life-saving services right to their doorstep.”

Services provided on the Big Bus, which is fully accessible 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 using the latest technology provides clients with information on their height, weight, body mass index and more, and also offers health awareness and weight loss guidance.

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.

Anyone interested in making an appointment for the Big Bus when it is in the area should telephone Action Cancer in advance on 028 9080 3344. Alternatively, you can book online by going to, and follow the ‘online booking’ link on the home page.

Appointments will be available from 10.00am to 3.00pm each day. Bookings are taken on a first come first served basis as there are a limited number of appointments for all services.

For further information on Action Cancer visit

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