Routine tests are done by any of the practice nurses during normal appointments. There is a national computer recall system which call women in for their smear at the appropriate interval. Results are sent out following this. If you need to discuss smear tests or the result please make an appointment with one of the practice nurses or a GP.
Mammography is being offered to all female patients between the ages of 50 and 70. A computer ' recall ' system is co-ordinated between the local Primary Care Trust and the practice. This is generally done in a mobile unit making the screening more local for our patients rather than a trip to a hospital.
Patients between 60-69 yrs old will be automatically invited for screening every 2 years. This test involves smearing tiny samples from three stools (bowel motions) on to a special card which is returned to the screening centre. The results will be sent out directly to you. If the result is unclear, you'll be asked to complete another test kit. If your result is abnormal, you'll be invited for further investigation.
This will usually be a colonoscopy, a procedure where a colonoscope (a thin flexible tube with a tiny camera on the end) is passed into your rectum and guided around the large bowel, so doctors can view your bowel lining. Only around two in every 100 people who are screened will have an abnormal result and be advised to consider a colonoscopy.
If you have any questions about this screening please discuss this with your GP.