Keeping Healthy

Cervical Smear Tests

Cervical smears are advised for all women aged 25 to 65. Up to the age of 50 you should be checked every 3 years. After 50 you will be checked every 5 years.

A cervical smear is NOT a 'cancer test'. It is special because it can detect changes in the cervix before cancer sets in. These changes are easily treated, usually by laser and this prevents the cancer developing later.

The practice nurses provide a cervical cancer screening service. See national guidelines

The test involves the nurse doing a vaginal examination and taking a sample of the cells from the surface of the neck of the womb (the cervix). The sample is then tested for the Human Papillomavirus, a virus associated with cervical cancer. If positive, the sample is then examined under a microscope at the lab. 

The aim is to look for and identify cancer warning cells. If these are found then treatment can be organised to prevent cervical cancer ever developing.

To have your smear simply book an appointment with the practice nurses.

External Links

NHS - for further information

Counselling & Mental Health

Counsellor & Family Therapist

Counselling is a therapy which involves talking through your problems to a counsellor. There are several types of talking therapies and they can be used to treat a number of health conditions including mental health.

External Websites:

Counselling - NHS

Mental Health - NHS

Samaritans

Bullying UK

MIND

The Royal College of Psychiatrists

Cruse: Bereavement Counselling

Smoking Cessation

If you’re trying to give up smoking, please see the resources below.

Studies show that your chances of success will be greatly improved if you get advice and support from health care professionals to help you stop smoking.

External Websites

For more information about quitting smoking visit:

SmokeFree Devon

Gosmokefree - This website contains detailed information about the free NHS support services.

Smoking Cessation - NHS  – if you smoke, giving up is probably the greatest single step you can take to improve your health.

Quit Org. - Quit is the independent charity whose aim is to save lives by helping smokers to stop.

Weight Management

Weight Loss

The practice can help you lose weight, please ask reception for the most appropriate person.