Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA) Screening
This is a way of detecting a major swelling (aneurysm) of the aorta – the main blood vessel that travels from the heart down through the body. If this blood vessel is enlarged there are no symptoms but can burst which is most often fatal.
As it is more much more common in men, men aged 65 are invited for an ultrasound scan of your stomach.
For more information about AAA click on Patient information
If bowel cancer is detected at any early age it is easier to treat and survival rates are higher.
There are currently 2 types of screening programmes
- All men and women aged 60-74 are invited to carry out a faecal occult blood (FOB) test. Every two years, they're sent a home test kit, which is used to collect a stool sample.
- An additional one-off test called bowel scope screening is gradually being introduced in England. This is offered to men and women at the age of 55. It involves a doctor or nurse using a thin, flexible instrument to look inside the lower part of the bowel.
If you are outside of these age ranges you can opt in to the screening programme.
For more information about bowel screening Patient information
Breast Cancer Screening
1 in 8 women are diagnosed with breast cancer during their lifetime, they have the best chance of a recovery if it is detected early.
All women between the ages of 50-70 will be offered screening every 3 years.
You will undergo a type of x-ray called a mammogram to look for any abnormalities.
For more information on breast screening click on Patient information
For a very good information leaflet on how to examine your breasts for any changes click on the link How to examine your breasts
The cervical screening programme begins when a women turns 25. You will be called every 3 years until you turn 50 then every 5 years until the age of 65. Cervical smears are performed by our practice nurses. You will receive a letter asking you to make an appointment when your cervical screening is due. Once you have received this letter please make an appointment with one of our Practice Nurses.
For further information on cervical smears and the screening progamme please use the link here: Patient information leaflet on cervical screening
If you have any further questions that haven't been answered in the information and link above, please contact the surgery and we will try to answer your questions.
Child Health Surveillance
6 week baby checks are performed by our doctors in routine appointments alongside postnatal checks, all other baby checks can be performed by your health visitor.
For more information about what happens during a postnatal check: Patient information on Postnatal checks
NHS Health Check
We run free 5 yearly NHS health checks for patients aged between 40 and 74. This is designed to spot early signs of stroke, kidney disease, heart disease, type 2 diabetes and dementia.
We send letters to patients inviting them for a health check which consists of a blood tests and a consultation with our nurse. A further follow up to discuss results and look at ways to lower risk and improve overall health.
For more information on the NHS Health Check: Patient information
There is not a screening test for prostate cancer currently. A blood test called PSA (Prostate Specific Antigen) can sometimes detect early signs of prostate enlargement one of the first signs of prostate cancer. Unfortunately this test is affected by a number of different factors and can sometime not be raised in a man with prostate cancer.
This means the PSA testing is not routinely offered to men due to it’s limitations and potential harmful consequences.
If this is a test you would like to consider we recommend discussing this with your doctor.
For more information about PSA testing please click on Patient information sheet