Please contact our Practice Nurse Kathleen Mackillop on 0141 334 6111. If you have any questions relating to these and other topics please click on the NHS Direct link for further information.
Scottish Cervical Screening Programme
Cervical screening is a method of preventing cancer by detecting and treating abnormal changes in a woman’s cervix (the neck of the womb) which, if left untreated, may develop into invasive cervical cancer.
The aim of the Scottish Cervical Screening Programme is to reduce the number of women who develop invasive cervical cancer and the number of women who die from it. The first stage in cervical cancer screening is a smear test. In Scotland, it is normal practice to offer a smear test every three years to all women between the ages of 20 and 60.
Female patients between the ages of 20 and 60 will be sent an invite to attend the Practice to have a smear test taken, it is very important that you attend.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding your smear test please call on 0141 334 6111 and you can discuss this with our Practice Nurse, Kathleen MacKillop.
Please access The Cervical Screen Booklet
for further information (this can be downloaded if you wish).
IT IS IMPORTANT TO NOTIFY THE PRACTICE IF YOU CHANGE YOUR ADDRESS, OTHERWISE YOUR SMEAR INVITE LETTER WILL BE RETURNED AND YOU WILL MISS THE OPPORTUNITY TO HAVE YOUR SMEAR TEST TAKEN.
The New HPV Vaccine for girls aged 12 &13
The HPV (human papillomavirus) vaccine is designed to protect against the two types of HPV than can cause 70% of the cases of cervical cancer. It does not protect you against all other types, so you will still need to start going for regular cervical screening when you are 20 years of age.
It is important that you get this protection early enough for it to be effective and the best time for that is in your early teenage years. The vaccine won’t protect you against other sexually transmitted infection. You will need three injections over a period of six months to get the best protection. You will be informed when your immunisation is due. The nurse will give you the injection in your upper arm
PLEASE NOTE: This is only available at our Surgery if you are registered with Dr Hilary Melrose.
If you would like more information, click on the fight cervical cancer link or call the free NHS helpline on 0800 22 44 88 (Textphone 18001 22 44 88).
The Scottish Breast Screening Programme has been part of NHS Scotland for more than 10 years. Breast cancer is more common in women aged over 50; therefore, all women aged 50 and over are eligible for routine breast screening. Breast screening involves taking x-rays of the breast. hese are called mammograms.
For further information please read/download Breast Screening Explained Leaflet
The Practice offers testing for chlamydia, if you require a test or further advice please contact the appointments line on 0141 334 6111 and ask for an appointment to see one of our Practice Nurses. For further information please click on the link What is Chlamydia?
Breakthrough for Women
This service offers counselling and support to women who have been affected by childhood sexual abuse or rape/sexual violence in adulthood. Women who live in Glasgow and are over 16 can access the service, and can self referral. Please phone 0141 276 3981 for further information.
What is postnatal depression?
There are such high expectations of motherhood that it is assumed that the new mother will cope with caring for this new arrival and find the experience fulfilling and satisfying. That can cause great turmoil for the mother and cause her to doubt if she can manage, or even want to manage. It can all be very distressing.
Many mothers find they become tearful and despondent,anxious, or tense or angry, and don’t know what to do about it. If you feel like this there may be no clear reason for it, which can make things worse since you may then feel guilty and inadequate. Even though the baby was planned, and your pregnancy and birth went well, it is as if a great black cloud has arisen out of nowhere and settled over you. You probably never thought that having a baby would make you feel like this.
Postnatal depression is more common than you realise.Between 10% and 20% of women are affected. Some women have very mild symptoms while for others they can be more severe. Many women who suffer from postnatal depression will have relatively time-limited episodes that may last a little longer than ‘baby blues’ but resolve naturally after a few weeks. So most women will not need very much additional help.extract from “Talking about postnatal depression” to view and/or download this leaflet please select Talking about postnatal depression
Say Women is based in Glasgow, and provides safe accommodation and related services for young homeless women survivors of sexual abuse and rape/sexual assault. Established in 1996 Say Women has a wealth of knowledge and experience of working with survivors and have been providing high standard training for other services for a number of years. The project is for women aged 16-25 referrals can be phoned on 0141 778 4777 or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org by young women themselves or anyone else.
Vist Saywomen for further information.