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Womens Health

Cervical Smear Programme

We fully support the national cervical smear programme in order to minimise women's chances of developing cervical cancer.  From the ages of 25 to 49 years, women are called every 3 years for a cervical smear. From the ages 50 - 64 years, woman are called every 5 years.  You will receive a letter from Dorset Health Authority.  You can then make an appointment with one of our nurses to have the procedure done.  It is a very important test as it detects early stages of cervical cancer that are then more likely to be treatable and a cure is achieved.  This is a simple and painless test performed by one of our nurses.  The test was previously performed by scraping the cervix with a spatula, however, it is now performed using a brush technique which is much preferred by women.  You can come at anytime of your cycle (except when menstruating).

 

For more information about cancer screening Click here.

 

Breast screening programme

Eligible women over 50 and under 60 years are invited to attend for a 3 yearly breast screening mammogram. These are normally performed by the Breast Screening Mobile Unit usually situated in the car park of Weymouth Community Hospital . We fully support this programme and also recommend that all women should examine their breasts regularly and if they are even suspicious of a change to make an appointment to see a doctor or nurse practitioner at a routine appointment but without delay.

For more information about breast awareness Click here

How do I check my breasts?  Click here

Contraception

As well as giving advice and prescribing the contraceptive pill and injection we are able advise about fitting long acting and reversible forms of contraception – sometimes known as LARCs. These include coils and implants and they can be fitted here at the Surgery. Please discuss with your GP if you are considering one of these forms of contraception.

For more information click on this link, Talking Sense About Sex

Emergency Contraception

If you have had unprotected sex or are worried that you have had a contraception failure please arrange an appointment with a doctor or nurse practitioner and we will see you within 24 hours. We may be able to offer you something to limit your chances of becoming pregnant up to 5 days after

For more information Click here

Relationships and Sexual Health

If you have worries in these areas we may be able to help, please book an appointment with a doctor or nurse should you wish to discuss any concerns.

You may like to visit the following links?

Sexual Health

Sex and Young People

Pregnancy

See Emma's Diary - Information on pregancy and being a mum.

The Menopause

Should you wish to discuss the management of your menopause then please make an appointment with any of our doctors or nurse practioner to discuss available options?

You may also like to visit - Menopause

NHS Health Checks

The checks are part of an effort to make sure people aged between 40-74 have the information they need about their health in order to make important lifestyle changes and reduce their risk of developing diseases like diabetes and coronary heart disease.

Everyone aged between 40-74 in England will begin to be invited for a free health check to help reduce deaths from diseases such as heart disease, strokes, diabetes and kidney disease. These illnesses are responsible for a fifth of all hospital admissions and affect four million people across the UK.

The health checks will consist of:

• straightforward questions to patients on their health and diet,
exercise habits and family medical history

• height and weight and Blood pressure measurements taken from patients

• a simple blood test for cholesterol and in some cases for glucose levels

• a follow up, personal assessment setting out the individual's level
  of risk and what they can do to reduce this

• recommendations of what could be done to reduce risk including:
  weight management programmes, stop smoking, physical activity programmes.

At present you will receive invitations to attend the checks from the surgery. We won't forget you...

Click on this link for more information

Bowel Cancer

We support the NHS Bowel Cancer Screening Program and recommend that our patients take the test.

Click here for more information



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