Shoreditch Park Surgery10 Rushton Street London, N1 5DRTel: 020 7739 8525
Most of our pregnant patients are referred to the Homerton Hospital, but receive most of their antenatal care from local community midwives and our GP's
This is held on Thursday afternoons and is for well babies only. It is attended by a Health Visitor who can be seen on a drop-in basis for weighing and general advice. Appointments with the doctor for development checks or the nurse for immunisations are also available.
A cervical screening test (previously known as a smear test) is a method of detecting abnormal cells on the cervix. The cervix is the entrance to the womb from the vagina.
Detecting and removing abnormal cervical cells can prevent cervical cancer.
These pages should tell you everything you need to know about cervical screening.
Cervical screening isn't a test for cancer; it's a test to check the health of the cells of the cervix. Most women's test results show that everything is normal, but for around 1 in 20 women the test shows some abnormal changes in the cells of the cervix.
Most of these changes won't lead to cervical cancer and the cells may go back to normal on their own. However, in some cases, the abnormal cells need to be removed so they can't become cancerous.
About 3,000 cases of cervical cancer are diagnosed each year in the UK.
It's possible for women of all ages to develop cervical cancer, although the condition mainly affects sexually active women aged 30 to 45. The condition is very rare in women under 25.
The aim of the NHS Cervical Screening Programme is to reduce the number of women who develop cervical cancer and the number of women who die from the condition. Since the screening programme was introduced in the 1980s, the number of cervical cancer cases has decreased by about 7% each year.
All women who are registered with a GP are invited for cervical screening:
Being screened regularly means any abnormal changes in the cells of the cervix can be identified at an early stage and, if necessary, treated to stop cancer developing.
However, cervical screening isn't 100% accurate and doesn't prevent all cases of cervical cancer.
Screening is a personal choice and you have the right to choose not to attend.
Please call us on 0207 739 8525 and one of our receptionist will book you in. The screening is carried out by our practice nurse, Ruth.
It’s best to make your appointment for when you don’t have your period.
If you use a spermicide, a barrier method of contraception or a lubricant jelly, you shouldn't use these for 24 hours before the test, as the chemicals they contain may affect the test. If you are having your period at the time of your appointment, please re-book the test for a minimum of 2 days after it has finished as it is not possible to take a sample during a menstrual bleed.
If you wish to have a sexual health screen or need to discuss contraception please book a double appointment.
For more information please download this leaflet.
NHS Cervical Screening
This video explains what you
can expect to happen during cervical screening.
To aid the smooth running of the travel service at the surgery we would ask you to contact the surgery via telephone on 0207 739 8525 before 12pm, Monday to Friday. Inform the receptionist where you are travelling to and when and they will book you in for an appointment.
Travel vaccines can take up to two weeks to become fully effective. Appointments can get booked up very quickly so please give yourself plenty of time to protect yourself. Some vaccines are given over the course of a month so you need to think about it about 12 weeks ahead for a satisfactory immune response.
Please bring your itinerary with you and any record of previous vaccines you have had as this will help you and the nurse in preparing for your trip. If you are visiting more than one country, please book a double appointment.
Please note that some of these are available on the NHS but there will be a charge for some. A list of these charges is available below and the charges applies to BOTH adults and children.
For non-NHS vaccines a cash payment is required, so please bring this to your appointment to avoid delays. For those vaccines listed that are not available at the surgery, a travel risk assessment and immunisation are available for a fee at a local participating pharmacy.
Please refer to the following websites for up to date travel advice relating to your chosen destination/s:
On a flexible basis, other services may be available including:
Times and days change from time to time, please ask at reception for up to date information.
We also provide some Non-NHS services such as insurance forms and Medical Reports. Please note that some of these services may incur a fee. Medical reports can take up to three weeks to be completed as they are completed in a strict date order.
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