Why leaflets are still important
Informed choice is one of the most important principles at the heart of screening.
Every individual we offer screening to should have access to the same evidence-based information so they can make a decision that is right for them.
The government has a digital first strategy which promotes online information by default and discourages the production of printed information.
All the public and patient information about the 11 NHS Screening programmes is therefore available online on NHS Choices. But we produce printed information too because we have a duty to make screening accessible to everyone.
For the past 6 years, Harlow Printing Ltd has provided a printing, storage and distribution service for our national screening information leaflets.
Local screening services order stock directly from Harlow using an online form. We work closely with Harlow to make sure local services never run out of the leaflets they need. This means people receive the clear, concise and accurate information they require to make an informed decision when we offer screening to them.
Like all of us, the good people at Harlow deserve a break over Christmas and they will be shutting down between Friday 22 December and Thursday 4 January 2018.
We want to make sure local screening services don’t run out of leaflets and Harlow has already made plans for pre-Christmas deliveries of some its regular large orders.
If your service needs to put in any last-minute pre-Christmas leaflet orders, the message is: make sure you get them to Harlow before 20 December.
You can contact Harlow directly if you have any queries or would like to set up a regular ‘standing order’ delivery to make sure you never run out of stock. You can contact Harlow by:
Telephone: 0191 496 9735
Change of provider next year
There’s more news too. From 1 April 2018 we will be changing our national supplier of leaflets and other printed screening information.
We will keep you regularly updated about the transition over the coming months via this blog and direct messages to screening providers.
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