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Third of women across the region fail to attend life-saving cervical cancer screening
A third of women in Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire (BNSSG) failed to attend their potentially life-saving cervical cancer screening.
NHS health chiefs are urging women aged between 25 and 64 to attend their smear test when they are invited to do so by their GP.
Women aged 25 to 49 are invited every three years for a screening, and then invited every five years until the age of 64.
Early detection prevents up to an estimated 75% of cervical cancers developing; and smear tests are believed to save 4,500 lives a year.
In the past 10 years, cervical cancer mortality rates have decreased by almost a quarter, however in 2014 890 women still died in the UK as a result of the disease*.
Despite the importance of this examination, figures released by BNNSG Clinical Commissioning Groups show just 68% of women attend their screening over the past three and a half years, and just 49% of women aged between 60 and 64 were screened.
Going for a smear test means you are giving yourself the best possible chance of preventing the cancer.
Screening allows us to identify abnormal cells before they become cancer and effective treatment can start – so early detection really does save lives.
Please ensure we at Mendip Vale Medical Practice have your correct address so that you get the invitation in the post.
BNSSG CCGs are supporting Jo’s Trust #SmearforSmear campaign (22 January – 28 January). To find out more please visit their website - www.jostrust.org.uk
Notes to editors
*According to Cancer Research UK - http://www.cancerresearchuk.org/…/cervical
Memory cafe - St Georges surgery
A memory cafe is a place where people with dementia and their carers can come and have a bit of time out from just being at home and living with their condi-tion.
Memory cafés offer a friendly welcome for anyone affected by dementia, or worried about their or someone else's memory. They provide practical information and support, as well as the op-portunity for people to ask questions and to listen to others' experience.
St Georges Medical Practice
135 Pastures Avenue
The memory café will operate on the second Saturday of each month from 11th January 2017
Memory Cafe Leaflet
Memory Cafe poster
Think! Why A&E?
That is the message from local doctors, as a new campaign to raise public awareness of the different NHS services available to local residents launches.
Originally developed in partnership with NHS Blackpool Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, it encourages people to choose the right NHS service for them and their families according to their symptoms.
The aim is to remind local people that A&E is not for common health problems associated with the colder weather but for critical or life-threatening emergencies.
Many people attend emergency service departments with minor ailments which could be better treated elsewhere. This can put extra demands on already pressured emergency departments, particularly during the winter period.
Visit WhyAandE.nhs.uk for more information and advice on the most appropriate place to seek further advice.
Click here for the self care section of our website.
New surgery in the Mendip Vale Medical Practice Group
We are pleased to take over the running of St Georges Medical Practice from 1 October 2016, following a formal re-procurement process to ensure a sustainable future for the practice before the current GP service contract ends on 30 September 2016.
We believe that with St Georges becoming one of five branch surgeries in our group there will be increased patient choice over which site to access services from and increased access to a wider range of services; whilst providing greater resilience by being linked to a larger practice.
NHS England have provided the following patient information sheet:
NHS England Patient Information
Pre-booked Saturday appointments now available
We are now able to offer pre-booked appointments on a Saturday morning at the Pudding Pie Lane Surgery for those patients who are unable to attend the practice during the week.
Appointments are available with a GP, Nurse and Health Care assistant.
These appointments are for pre-booked routine problems including blood tests.
Please ask at reception about booking saturday appointments.
If you have an urgent problem at the weekend this service is provided by the Brisdoc out of hours service and can be accessed by ringing 111.
We need your help to set up an Ellie Lindsay Leg club in Congresbury, Yatton and Wrington.
We’re looking for volunteers with enthusiasm and energy who can help create a welcoming atmosphere at our North Somerset Leg Clubs.
They’re a partnership between community nurses, GP practice nurses. patients and the community.
It provides wound care management in a friendly, social environment.
Nurses provide the health care, but they can’t do it without volunteers who are needed for essential support.
We also need volunteers to join our steering committee which oversees the running of the club, organises
fundraising events and puts together lots of information.
leg club flyer
Self care is about looking after yourself in a healthy way. It can be anything from brushing your teeth, doing some exercise, managing common conditions (like headaches, colds and flu) or living with a long-term health problem, such as asthma or diabetes.
As a Self Care Aware practice we are here to help you feel able to look after your own health when it is right for you. So, when you come in for a consultation, the doctors, nurses and healthcare assistants in this practice will talk to you about what you can do to help maintain and improve your health.
Click the image below for more information about self care.
In conjunction with RSVP West - Retire into action GP Practices and Health Centres are seeking volunteers from among their patients to help older patients who are lonely, isolated or need help to get to the surgery. Volunteering for your local surgery not only helps the GPs and nurses and the people you are volunteering for but is rewarding for you.
If you like meeting people, enjoy sharing your time with them and are keen to make a difference to their quality of life, you are the person we are looking for.
Please Contact Mrs Lesley Viney at the Yatton Surgery. Tel 01934 839820.
We are able to offer online appointment booking and repeat prescription ordering via patient access. If you do not yet use this service please contact us to be set up.
The MIU is a nurse led service based at Clevedon Community Hospital
for treatment of minor injuries.
Click on the video below for more information.