We offer cancer screening to all eligible patients and would encourage patients to participate in these screening programmes.


If you have been invited to one of the cancer screening programmes below, please make every effort to have your screening test. Screening tests can detect a problem early, before you have any symptoms. Finding out about a problem early can mean that treatment is more effective.


The NHS offers the following cancer screening programmes, please see below for further information and how to organise a screening test.


Cervical screening (SMEAR TESTS)


The NHS cervical screening programme in England is offered to people with a cervix aged from 25 to 64. Routine screening is offered every three years up to 49 years of age and every five years from 50 to 64 years of age. Depending on the result of the screen, people may be recalled earlier than these routine intervals.


If you are eligible and are due a cervical smear, please contact the GP Surgery to book an nurse appointment for a cervical smear.


For more information on the cervical screening programme, please visit the NHS cervical screening pages or Joís Cervical Cancer Trustís website.


Breast screening (MAMMOGRAMS)


About 1 in 8 women in the UK are diagnosed with breast cancer during their lifetime. If itís detected early, treatment is more successful and thereís a good chance of recovery.

Breast screening uses an X-ray test called a mammogram that can spot cancers when theyíre too small to see or feel and is carried out in a hospital.


Breast screening is offered to women aged 50 to their 71st birthday in England. Youíll first be invited for screening within three years of your 50th birthday. You may be eligible for breast screening before the age of 50 if you have a very high risk of developing breast cancer.

If you are 71 or over, you will stop receiving screening invitations. You can still have screening once you are 71 or over if you want to and can arrange an appointment by contacting your local screening unit.


If youíre worried about breast cancer symptoms, such as a lump or an area of thickened tissue in a breast, or you notice that your breasts look or feel different from whatís normal for you, do not wait to be offered screening make an appointment to see your GP.


For more information please see NHS Breast Cancer Screening.


Bowel screening (HOME TESTING KITS)


Bowel cancer survival is improving and has more than doubled in the last 40 years in the UK. If diagnosed early, more than 90% of bowel cancer cases can be treated successfully. As part of the NHS Bowel Cancer Screening Programme, men and women aged 60-74 are sent a home testing kit every two years to collect a small sample of poo to be checked for tiny amounts of blood which could be caused by cancer.


If you are eligible and have received an invitation or you're 75 or over, you can ask for a kit every 2 years by phoning the free bowel cancer screening helpline on 0800 707 60 60.


For more information on the bowel cancer screening test, please visit the nhs.uk bowel cancer screening pages.


More Information


Please help us beat cancer by participating the cancer screening programmes and helping to detect and beat cancer earlier.


For more information of patient uptake of the cancer screening programmes please see PHE Fingertips.


You can also visit https://www.macmillan.org.uk/ to learn more and find ways to help.