NHS Health Check Programme
This service is to identify patients at high risk of developing Vascular Disease and to initiate a primary preventative approach to reduce risk. Vascular conditions include coronary heart disease, stroke, chronic kidney disease, type 2 diabetes and peripheral arterial disease.
Vascular disease is the leading cause of death in the UK and accounts for the largest number of deaths in people aged between 65 and over in Gloucestershire.
If you are aged between 40 - 74 years of age, we will be writing to you inviting you for your NHS Health Check.
To view the NHS Health Check Patient Information leaflet please click here.
Aortic Aneurysm Screening
By March 2013 screening is expected to be offered to all men in England in their 65th year.
Diabetic Eye Screening Programme
The screening programme aims to reduce the risk of sight loss in people with diabetes. The screening process helps to identify diabetic retinopathy early and ensure patients are offered effective treatment where necessary.
Bowel Cancer Screening
About one in twenty people in the UK will develop bowel cancer during their lifetime. It is the third most common cancer in the UK and the second most leading cause of cancer deaths, with over 16,000 people dying from it each year. Regular bowel cancer screening has been shown to reduce the risk of dying from bowel cancer by 16%.
The NHS Bowel Cancer Screening Programme is now being rolled out nationally and will achieve nation wide coverage by 2009. If you are aged between 60-69 you will be receiving a testing kit in the post. You can carry out the test in the privacy of your own home. For more information call 0800 707 60 60.
Breast Screening Programme
The NHS Breast Screening Programme provides free breast screening every 3 years to all women aged between 50 - 70 years of age. All women will be called for their first appointment before they reach their 53rd birthday.
Latest research shows that the NHS Breast Screening Programme is now saving 1,400 lives every year in England.
In Gloucestershire during the last screening round, 78% of women eligible completed the screening. The target by 2013 is a minimum of 80%. During each screening round there are thousands of missed appointments, which costs The NHS £40 per appointment and represents a wasted opportunity.
Please ensure that your contact details are up to date so that you receive all your screening letters and please cancel any appointments not required so that it can be offered to someone else.
Cervical Screening Programme
All women between the ages of 25 and 64 are eligible for a free test every three to five years. You will receive your first invite when you reach 25. As long as your screening is clear you will then be recalled every 3 years if you are aged between the age of 25-49 and every 5 years if you are aged between 50 - 64 years. You are only screened after the age of 65 if you have had recent abnormal tests or you have not had 3 normal smears in total.
Chlamydia is a major cause of infertility. You do not know you have it as there are few or no symptoms.
There is a national screening programme which is available to all young sexually active males and females aged between 15-24 years old. You will need to have the test repeated every 2 years or following a change of sexual partner.
A pack can be collected in the surgery, where you can either provide a test in the surgery or take it to do at home. It is a very quick and simple test. However, it is important that the forms and labels on specimen containers are completed accurately and fully.
The test is free of charge. Please ask at reception if you would like to have the test done.