The aim of the NHS Cervical Screening Programme is to reduce the number of women who develop cervical cancer and the number of women who die from the condition. Since the screening programme was introduced in the 1980s, the number of cervical cancer cases has decreased by about 7% each year.
All women who are registered with a GP are invited for cervical screening:
Being screened regularly means any abnormal changes in the cells of the cervix can be identified at an early stage and, if necessary, treated to stop cancer developing.
However, cervical screening isn’t 100% accurate and doesn’t prevent all cases of cervical cancer.
Screening is a personal choice and you have the right to choose not to attend.
You will receive a letter in the post from the National Screening Programme to remind you when your smear is booked. Once you have received this letter, we ask that you call reception on 0115 8554200 to book an appointment with a nurse.
All of our doctors and nurses are trained in contraception.
There is a lot of choice when it comes to contraception, so we invite you to come and discuss your specific needs with a member of our team.
The following link provides useful information and is assembled by the NHS. It may be useful for you to read this prior to your appointment. http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/contraception-guide/Pages/contraception.aspx
You will receive a letter from the National Screening Programme between your 50th and 53rd birthday.
Breast screening is currently offered to women aged 50-70 in England. However, the NHS is in the process of extending the programme as a trial, offering screening to some women aged 47-73.
You may be eligible for breast screening before the age of 50 if you have a higher-than-average risk of developing breast cancer. If you think that you may be at a higher risk of getting breast cancer, then we invite you to come in and see a GP. We are happy to help if you have any questions.
If you’re over the age of 70, you’ll stop receiving screening invitations. However, you’re still eligible for screening and can arrange an appointment by contacting your local screening unit.
As ladies approach the menopause, some will develop unpleasant symptoms such as flushing, hot sweats, lack of libido and change in mood. Our GPs are happy to help you manage these symptoms. It is not always necessary to use HRT, there are other options available too. If you would like to discuss this further, please book an appointment to see a GP. The following link may also be useful to find our more information in advance of your appointment http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/Hormone-replacement-therapy/Pages/Introduction.aspx