Share your views on Cervical Screening

North Gosforth and Jesmond Lower Gosforth PCNs are working together to address health inequalities in our area.

One focus is on cervical screening, where uptake of appointments has declined in recent years.

We want to understand why this is and see what we can do to encourage more people to be screened.

Understanding your perspectives

We are asking women and people with a cervix aged 25 to 64 to share their views by taking a short online survey, taking no more than 5 minutes.

I’ll take the survey.

Why Cervical Screening is Important

Every day in the UK, two people die from cervical cancer.

It’s a highly preventable disease, with screening for early risk signs and subsequent treatment able to prevent nearly all chances of cancer developing.

Despite this, fewer people are getting screened every year.

In 2011, the rate was 73.7%. Ten years later, in 2021, the rate had fallen to 68%. More than 3 in ten women or people with a cervix are now not getting regularly screened.

Share your views on screening, public health campaigns and the types of messages and communications you like by taking our survey.

Creating a new Campaign

By understanding your experiences with cervical screening, and your preferences and opinions on how you like to be communicated with, we will create a new health campaign based on the answers you give us.

Responders can choose to continue to be involved in the project beyond filling out the survey.

We’ll share the findings with those who would like to receive them, along with drafts of new communications that you can give feedback on.

We’ll do this via email using a separate sign-up process from collecting the survey data, and none of your personal data will be used to march you to your responses.

Arrangements at JHP for the Jubilee Bank Holiday Weekend

With the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee coming up, we wanted to let patients know about our opening arrangements for the Bank Holidays.

Thursday 2nd and Friday 3rd June are official bank holidays, meaning the Practice will be closed on those days.

We will close at 6 pm on Wednesday 1st June, and reopen as normal at 8 am on the morning of Monday 6th June. Salvie, our online consultation system, will also be unavailable during that time.

Here’s what to do to get prepared or if you need help over the long weekend.

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Prostate Cancer – Check your risk

In partnership with NHS England, the charity Prostate Cancer UK has launched a new campaign encouraging people to check their risk of getting prostate cancer. 

The online 30-second checker asks some simple questions about age, ethnicity, and family history, offering helpful information and next steps if you might be at risk. 

Check your risk in 30 seconds with Prostate Cancer UK’s risk checker. 

About Prostate Cancer 

The prostate is a small gland that sits at the base of the bladder. It’s about the size of a walnut but gets bigger as you get older. Its job is to help produce semen, the fluid that carries sperm. 

It is the most common cancer found in men in the UK, with 40,000 new cases and 9,000 deaths recorded in England every year. 

Men, trans women, and non-binary people assigned male at birth have a prostate, as may some intersex people. 

Risk factors 

Understanding risk factors is vital because, in most cases, prostate cancer develops with no obvious or early symptoms. 

One in every eight men will get prostate cancer in their lifetime. For Black men, that risk jumps to one in 4.  

If your Dad or Brother has had prostate cancer, your risk will be higher too. Your risk also increases when you pass the age of 50 as well. 

The 30-second risk checker takes you through these questions and works out your risk level. 

If you are at high risk, you’ll be offered some information about a blood test used as the first step to identifying early prostate cancer. It’s called a prostate-specific antigen, or PSA, test.

You can read more about that and other tests here. 

Check your risk in 30 seconds.
Prostate Cancer UK’s online risk checker takes 30 seconds and offers relevant information and advice. Go to prostatecanceruk.org/risk-checker.

Symptoms 

Other illnesses can also cause many of the symptoms associated with prostate cancer. There are often no early symptoms, so understanding your risk is essential. 

Some symptoms, though, would merit a conversation with your GP. 

Changes to how you urinate are some of the most common symptoms, including needing to go more often, especially at night, difficulty getting started or not feeling like your bladder has properly emptied. 

These types of symptoms can also be caused by an enlarged prostate – a very common and non-cancerous condition. 

If prostate cancer advances or spreads further into the body, it can cause hip, back, or pelvis pain and unexpected weight loss. Difficulty getting or maintaining an erection can also be a sign of prostate cancer, as can blood in your urine or semen. 

About Prostate Cancer UK 

Prostate Cancer UK is a charity that funds research to stop prostate cancer from killing people. As well as investing in better treatments and screening tests to spot fast-growing cancer, they provide essential resources and support for people with prostate cancer. 

Find out more at prostatecanceruk.org

Meet the Reception Team

For most patients, we’ll be the first person you speak to, either in person or on the phone. We’re here to answer your questions and queries, book appointments and make sure you get the care you need.

At times we might ask you about your issue so we can direct you to the best person for your needs. We are trained to do this, and everything you tell us is confidential.

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Meet the Admin and Secretarial Team

We carry out a huge number of tasks on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis to make sure your healthcare is joined up and consistent. 

Updating your patient records, sending letters to the hospital when you’re referred to a specialist and organising our Doctors’ diaries are all part of our day-to-day routine.

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