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INFLUENZA

Flu season is well and truly upon us once again. There has been a CONSIDERABLE rise in the number of patients with 'flu.

Please see information here about what to do if you think you may have flu.

What to do about 'flu

Government information tells us that the flu' vaccination this year is a good match to the strain of 'flu that is circulating.  If you have not yet had your free NHS flu vaccination, please call the main surgery number and book an appointment as soon as possible, in order to avoid this potentially dangerous illness.

Thank you

Who should have a flu jab?



IMPROVED ACCESS TO PRIMARY CARE

This practice will be ensuring everyone has easier and more convenient access to GP services, including appointments at evenings and weekends. We will be working with a variety of health care providers in several locations, all registered with CQC to provide GP services. The GP practice where the patient is seen will take responsibility for the regulated activity delivered there, regardless of where the patient is registered.

Evening appointments Monday to Friday, are available at Salisbury Medical Practice and Saturday appointments are available at Three  Chequers Medical Practice, Three Swans site for blood tests,  HCA and Nurse appointments.

Contraception

At Whiteparish we offer a full range of contraceptive services, these include;

  • Contraceptive Pills
  • Coils
  • Implants
  • Condoms

Routine appointments are available for contraceptive pills and where applicable can be entered as a repeat prescription which can be ordered online.

Clinics for coil fittings are on a Tuesday afternoon and can be arranged via a telephone consultation with Louise Otter and fittings are undertaken by Rae Daraklitsas,  our specialist in Contraception and Womens Health.

Implant fitting and removals are arranged through Louise Otter: please make a telephone appointment with her via Reception.


 HPV Testing and Cervical Screening

HPV (Human papillomavirus) Primary Screening is a new way of examining cervical screening samples, where the sample is only checked for abnormal cells if HPV is found. In HPV primary screening, a test for hrHPV is the first test carried out on the screening sample.

Testing for HPV and screening for abnormal cells where HPV is detected will help show more accurately which individuals are at higher risk of developing cervical cancer. This will enable those at greatest risk to have further tests more quickly, while reassuring those who have low risk of cervical cancer.

Results

If HPV isn’t found, the individual will be offered a screening test again in 3 to 5 years (depending on age). If HPV is not found it is highly unlikely that abnormal cells will be present or will cause any problems. This means the risk of developing cervical cancer is very low.

Individuals who do have HPV have a cytology test carried out on the same sample to see if HPV has caused abnormal cell changes.

If cell changes are detected, the individual will be referred for a colposcopy examination.

If they are not detected, the individual will be screened again in 12 months’ time, to check that the immune system has cleared the HPV (which happens in most cases).

For further information, please see Cervical Screening Information

You may also wish to read the following Patient leaflet.

 
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