Preventive Checks 


If you are over 50, you will be invited, (through the NHS screening programme) to have a mammogram every 3 years. The age range is being extended, on a randomised basis, to cover 47 to 73 year olds.

Cervical smear

All women aged between 25 and 64 are invited for cervical screening. Women aged between 25 and 49 are invited for testing every three years, and women aged between 50 and 64 are invited every five years. Your invitation will come through the NHS screening programme. Information can be found on You can contact your GP practice to book a screening appointment if you are overdue one.

Health Checks

The surgery offers free NHS health checks. This is a national scheme to help prevent the onset of strokes, heart and kidney disease and diabetes.
Everyone aged between 40 and 74 who has not already been diagnosed with these conditions will be invited for a check once every 5 years.
The check takes only 20 - 30 mins. We write to patients inviting them to attend. Please make an appointment for your health check when you receive the invitation.

AAA screening

An Abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) is a weakening and expansion of the aorta, the main blood vessel in the body. Approx 6,000 people in England and Wales die from a ruptured aorta.
Men aged 65 and over can make an appointment for AAA screening by calling 01865 572636 (have your NHS number ready) for an appointment at our surgery. This is held once a month. 
Screening involves an ultrasound and takes around 10 minutes.

There are four possible results:

    • Normal - men with this result are discharged
    • Small AAA - they are invited back for regular scans
    • Medium AAA - they are invited back for regular scans
    • Large AAA - they are referred to a consultant surgeon

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