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Antenatal and Newborn Screening
Most of the screening services are carried out within maternity services. Those that are carried out partly within the GP Practice are;

  • The NIPE examination of the baby at 6 – 8 weeks
  • A course of immunisation against Hepatitis B for the baby if the mother is found to have chronic or acute Hepatitis B during an ante-natal IDP screening blood test
  • The optimum timeline for the screening programme is here. Your child’s vaccination programme will be linked in with the 6 – 8 week check.

    For more information you can visit http://www.screening.nhs.uk/annbpublications

    Diabetic Eye Screening
    Diabetic Eye Screening is offered to people with diabetes from the age of 12. If you are a new diabetic this will be offered to you at your first appointment with the Practice Nurse.

  • Diabetic Retinopathy is one of the most common causes of sight loss in people of working age
  • It may not cause symptoms until it is quite advances which is why screening is important
  • All people with Diabetes (Types 1 and 2) are at risk of getting diabetic retinopathy
  • Screening is an effective way of detecting the condition as early as possible
  • For more information on Diabetic Eye Screening please visit http://diabeticeye.screening.nhs.uk/

    Cervical Screening
    Women are invited shortly before they turn 25 and then routinely invited every 3 years until the age of 49 and then every 5 years from age 50 – 64. After receiving your invitation for screening you can book an appointment with our Practice Nurse at Newton Drive Health Centre who can take your sample. Your sample taker will be female. If you have any concerns or questions before booking your screening appointment you can ask for an obligation free pre-smear appointment to discuss the procedure and answer any questions that you may have.

  • Cervical Screening saves around 4500 lives per year by offering healthy women a test to detect abnormalities in the cells of the cervix that could lead to cancer
  • Screening is carried out in primay care, at the pratice, or at a community sexual health clinic
  • All screening samples in Lancashire are sent to Manchester Cytology Centre and the recall programme is provided by Primary Care Support Services
  • High risk HPV causes changes in the cells of the cervix creating abnormalities, which can develop into cancer. HPV testing is now included in the cervical screening programme.
  • For more information on Cervical Screening please visit http://www.cancerscreening.nhs.uk/cervical/ which includes a Frequently Asked Questions section.

    Breast Screening
    The NHS Breast Screening Programme provides free breast screening every three years for all women aged 50-70 years old and over. The programme is a rolling one which invites women from GP Practices in turn, not every woman receives an invitation as soon as she is 50. But they will receive their first invite before her 53rd birthday.

  • Breast Cancer is the most common type of cancer in the UK.
  • Screening saves lives from Breast Cancer – lives are saved because cancers are diagnosed and treated earlier than they would have been without screening
  • Breast screening uses an X-Ray test called a Mammogram to the the breast for signs of cancer
  • The screening takes place on mobile screening units located in the local community
  • If you have not received your invite or would like to discuss you can call directly on 0152 4583 050.

    For more information you can visit http://www.cancerscreening.nhs.uk/breastscreen/

    Bowel Cancer Screening
    The Bowel Cancer Screening Programme (BCSP) aims to detect polyps and bowel cancer at an early stage, where treatment is likely to be more effective. Survival rates are much higher for those diagnosed through the screening route. The programme is aimed at men and women aged 60 to 74 years of age who are invited to take part every 2 years.

    If you have previously not responded to a screening invite you can self-refer by calling 0800 707 6060.

    For more information please visit http://www.cancerscreening.nhs.uk/bowel/ or http://www.bowelscreening.org/

    From 7 June 2019 the new FIT (faecal immunochemical test) was introduced to the bowel screening programme. Please see link for further information.

    AAA Screening (Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm)

    AAA stands for Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm. The aorta is the main blood vessel that supplies blood to your body. It runs from your heart down through your chest and abdomen.

    In some people, as they get older, the wall of the aorta in the abdomen can become weak. It can then start to expand and form what is called an abdominal aortic aneurysm. The condition is most common in men aged 65 and above. Men are six times more likely to have an aneurysm than women and your risk of having an aneurysm increases if you are or have been a smoker, you have high blood pressure or you have a close family member who has had one.

    If you have an AAA you will not usually notice any signs or symptoms; this means cannot tell if you have one, will not feel any pain or notice anything different. Large aneurysms are rare but can be very serious. As the wall of the aorta stretches it becomes weak and can burst, causing internal bleeding. Over 80% people die when an aneurysm bursts.

    An aorta that is only slightly larger than normal is not dangerous; however, it is still important to know about it so that we can check if the aneurysm is getting bigger.

    AAA screening is a free NHS national programme that screens men aged 65 plus to check if they have an abdominal aortic aneurysm. The screening is by invitation and uses an ultra sound scan. If you are a man aged over 65 you are more at risk of an abdominal aortic aneurysm than any other demographic so this is why you will be invited for screening.

    We offer screening so we can find aneurysms early and monitor or treat them. This greatly reduces the chances of the aneurysm causing serious problems.

    Men over 65 who have not previously been screened or diagnosed with an aneurysm can request a scan by contacting their local programme directly on: 0191 445 2554

    The Lancashire and South Cumbria Abdominal aortic Aneurysm screening Programme is hosted by The Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Gateshead, but you will be invited to a clinic local to where you live for your scan. Our centre covers all Lancashire and South Cumbria localities.