Health Screening

Breast Cancer Screening - The Mammogram

This is currently offered to women aged 50 to 70 in England. You’ll first be invited for screening between your 50th and 53rd birthday by post. You may be eligible for breast screening before the age of 50 if you have a very high risk of developing breast cancer. If you’re over the age of 70, you’ll stop receiving screening invitations but can still have screening after 70 if you want to.

Telephone: 020 3758 2024

Website: www.nhs.uk

Cervical Cancer Screening - The Smear Test

The surgery takes part in the NHS Cervical Screening Programme. Women aged 25 to 49 are invited every 3 years for their smear test and women aged 50 to 64 are invited every 5 years. Women over 65 are only invited if they have had recently had abnormal tests.

Website: www.nhs.uk

Prostate Cancer and the PSA Test

There’s currently no national screening programme for prostate cancer in the UK as it has not been proved that the benefits would outweigh the risks. PSA tests are unreliable and can suggest prostate cancer when no cancer exists. Furthermore, up to 15% of men with prostate cancer have normal PSA levels so cases can be missed. There is no national screening programme, however there is an informed choice programme for healthy men aged 50 or over. You may ask your GP to give you advice on the pros and cons of a PSA test and if you wish, the PSA blood test can be arranged for you. If results show you have a raised level of PSA, your GP will likely suggest further tests.

Website: www.nhs.uk

High Blood Pressure Screening

We encourage patients to proactively use our automated blood pressure machine at the surgery. Follow signs from reception to the blood pressure checking area.

Bowel Cancer Screening

NHS bowel cancer screening is only offered to people aged 55 or over, as this is when you’re more likely to get bowel cancer. If you’re 55, you’ll automatically be invited for a one-off bowel scope screening test. If you’re 60 to 74, you’ll automatically be invited to do a home testing kit every 2 years. If you’re 75 or over, you can ask for a home testing kit every 2 years.

Telephone: 0800 707 60 60

Website: www.nhs.uk

Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Screening - Ultrasound scan

Abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) screening is a way of checking if there’s a bulge or swelling in the aorta, the main blood vessel that runs from your heart down through your tummy. This bulge or swelling is called an abdominal aortic aneurysm, or AAA. It can be serious if it’s not spotted early on because it could get bigger and eventually burst (rupture). As this is more common in men, screening is offered to men aged 65 and over by post. If you are a man over 65 and have not been screened before you can request this by contacting the local AAA screening programme:

Telephone: 0333 009 6971

Website: www.nhs.uk

Latent Tuberculosis Screening

New patients registering at the surgery who are aged 15-35 and who have come to the UK within the past 5 years from a high risk country will be invited to have screening for tuberculosis. If you have latent TB, you have TB bacteria ‘asleep’ in your body that can ‘wake up’ and make you ill with active TB. If latent TB is found, having treatment now help prevent getting active TB in the future. If you are eligible and have not been offered screening please speak to your GP.

Website: www.thetruthabouttb.org