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Screening is a way of identifying apparently healthy people who may have an increased risk of a particular condition. The NHS offers a range of screening tests to different sections of the population.
The aim is to offer screening to the people who are most likely to benefit from it. For example, some screening tests are only offered to newborn babies, others such as breast screening and abdominal aortic aneurysm screening are only offered to older people.
The practice offers the full range of screening tests which are approved by the NHS. Some of these are organised directly by the practice while many others, e.g. aortic aneurysm and bowel cancer screening are organised indirectly through the wider NHS using the practice data base of registered patients.
For more detailed information about the range of screening tests approved and supported by the NHS please click here.
Bowel screening is offered to men and women between the ages of 60 and 74.
Men are screened in the year in which they reach 65 years of age. If this is negative then no further routine screening is considered necessary.
Women who are registered with a GP in Lincolnshire are automatically invited for screening between the age of 25 and 64.
At present women aged between 50-70 are screened. In the near future this will be extended to women aged between 47-73.
There are six screening programmes offered during pregnancy and for newborn babies – ask your midwife or health visitor. For advice about other types of screening, speak to your GP initially or visit www.screening.nhs.uk/public
This is a national programme run through the Health Protection Agency. It seeks to opportunistically screen sexually active 15-24 year olds for chlamydia.
Chlamydia is a sexually transmitted infection that often has no symptoms; it can affect all those sexually active, but is more prevalent in the 15-24 year olds age group. Chlamydia is serious, it can cause fertility issues in both men and women and is easily spreadable.
There are more than 420 screening sites across the county.
For more information about chlamydia please follow this link, or call our chlamydia screening team on 07879 630619.
The practice offers NHS Health checks which are focused primarily on preventing vascular/heart disease, but also screen for diabetes and kidney disease. You will be invited for an NHS Health Check every five years if you are between 40 and 74 years old, as long as you don’t have an existing vascular condition. These checks are performed by the Health Care Assistants and assess the risk factors likely to provoke coronary disease. After the health check you will receive a written summary of the findings and recommendations on lifestyle measures aimed at preventing problems emerging in the future.