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Cervical Screening (Smear Tests)

Cervical screening is a method of preventing cervical cancer by detecting abnormal cells in the cervix (lower part of the womb). Cervical screening is not a test for cancer, but it is a test to check the health of the cervix.

Most women's test results show that everything is normal. But for one in 20 women, the test will show some changes in the cells of the cervix. Most of these changes will not lead to cervical cancer and the cells will go back to normal on their own. In some cases, the abnormal cells need to be treated to prevent them becoming a problem later.  

NHS Choices - Cervical Screening
The why, when & how guide to cervical screening

Cervical Screening
This factsheet is for women who would like information about having a cervical smear test for screening. This means having the test when you don't have any symptoms.


HPV Vaccination

Since September 2008 there has been a national programme to vaccinate girls aged 12-13 against human papilloma virus (HPV).  There is also a three-year catch up campaign that will offer the HPV vaccine (also known as the cervical cancer jab) to 13-18 year old girls.

The programme is delivered largely through secondary schools, and consists of three injections that are given over a six-month period. In the UK, more than 1.4 million doses have been given since the vaccination programme started.

What is Human papilloma virus (HPV)?
Human papilloma virus (HPV) is the name of a family of viruses that affect the skin and the moist membranes that line your body, such as those in your cervix, anus, mouth and throat. These membranes are called the mucosa.

There are more than 100 different types of HPV viruses, with about 40 types affecting the genital area. These are classed as high risk and low risk.

How you get HPV?
Types of HPV that affect the skin can be passed on by skin contact with an affected person. The types of HPV that affect the mouth and throat can be passed on through kissing. Genital HPV is usually spread through intimate, skin to skin, contact during sex. You can have the genital HPV virus for years and not have any sign of it.  

How HPV can cause cervical cancer?
Most HPV infections are harmless or cause genital warts, however some types can cause cervical cancer. Most HPV infections clear up by themselves, but in some people the infection can last a long time. HPV infects the cells of the surface of the cervix where it can stay for many years without you knowing.

The HPV virus can damage these cells leading to changes in their appearance. Over time, these changes can develop into cervical cancer. The purpose of cervical screening (testing) is to detect these changes, which, if picked up early enough, can be treated to prevent cancer happening. If they are left untreated, cancer can develop and may lead to serious illness and death.  


Resources

Cancer Research UK
HPV Facts and information

NHS Choices - HPV Vaccination
Why, how and when is the vaccination given and what are the side effects

HPV Vaccine
This factsheet is for people who would like information about the human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccine.


These links all come from trusted resources but if you are unsure about these or any other medical matters please contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice

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Customer Service Excellence Award

We are delighted to announce that we are the first GP Practice in Yorkshire - and we believe only the third in the country to meet the standard required to be awarded the National Customer Service Excellence Award. We value the service we provide to our patients highly and this recognises our current and continuing efforts to improve the experience all patients have when contacting our surgery. For more information please see the page opposite.....

Blood Pressure Campaign

High blood pressure is just one of the risk factors for developing heart and circulatory disease, along with high cholesterol , diabetes and other lifestyle factors. As many as 5 million people in the UK are walking around, undiagnosed, with high blood pressure.

When did you last have yours checked?

You can call into surgery and use our blood pressure monitor in reception, please ask a member of staff if you are unsure how to use it or alternatively you can make an appointment with one of our healthcare support workers.

 

NEW SERVICE

AppointmentReminders

We are now offering an appointment reminder service via a  mobile telephone text. This service is only currently available for appointments when visiting a GP. If you would like to consent into this service please contact the surgery so we can update your record.


Out of Hours
Calls out-of-hours should be restricted to medical problems that cannot wait until normal office hours. Please telephone NHS111

Calls are answered by a trained nurse. You may be asked to attend the GP centre at Airedale Hospital to see a GP.

Home visits can be done for housebound patients, even out of hours.

If you have had an accident or have an emergency, please attend A&E. Patients with less severe problems may have a long wait and would be better calling the number above. 

Extended Hours
We now offer evening appointments on Monday and Tuesday evenings for those working away or who find it difficult to attend during the day. These are pre-bookable appointments.


Cancelling your Appointment
If you are unable to attend an appointment with one of the doctors or nurses, please telephone the surgery in good time.

Stay well this winter with the help of a new NHS website

Winter is traditionally a very busy time for GPs and hospitals. It brings with it illnesses and ailments such as flu, coughs and colds and Norovirus (the winter vomiting bug.)

That’s why it pays to be prepared so that you can stay well during this period. And a new campaign, launched by doctors in Bradford and Airedale, will help you do exactly that.

Listen out for adverts which will be aired on local radio stations and take a look at the new site online, www.nhsstaywell.org

Here you’ll find great health advice which will enable you to enjoy a happy and healthy winter, Christmas and New Year. And if you are unfortunate enough to become ill, there is a wealth of information which will help you make the right choices.

 

Citizens Advice Bureau

Starting from the 27th March we will have a member of the Citizens Advice Bureau here in the surgery.

You can book an appointment with them if you have any problems regarding Pregnancy, Had an accident, Disability/Care needs, Off work sick, Mental Health Issues, Cold/heating and lack of food related issues.

 

 

 

Health & Social Care Information Centre 

With effect from mid October certain data may be extracted from GP Patient records by NHS England as prescribed in The Health & Social Care Act 2012.

You have the option to opt out should you choose to do so but need to contact us as soon as possible.

We will display information to inform your decision in the practice from Tuesday 28th August through to the end of November and have added some details to the website to help as well. Please review the Health & Social Care Information Centre page in the index to the right

 

 
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