This page is all about women's health. What about the men? We hardly ever see them when they feel well. Tell your man to come for a well man check.
Don't forget about the "morning after pill".....
Contraception (Family Planning)
We are happy to advise you on all contraceptive methods from teens to menopause!
All our doctors can give contraceptive advice and prescribe contraception. However, if you require a coil (Copper IUCD/ Mirena IUS), or cap (diaphragm) fitted please make an appointment with either Dr David Matthews or Dr Tina Rajapakse. Patients wishing to have an IUCD fitted will be asked to see the nurse for screening swabs prior to fitting.
We now fit implants (Implanon/Nexplanon)- please book with Dr Tina Rajapakse.
For routine Pill checks, IUD/IUS checks and injections- Please make an appointment with nurse Sue Millroy.
Cervical Cancer Screening
Women aged 25 of 64 years should routinely have a cervical cytology test every three years. This is a simple and usually painless test performed by one of our nurses. Until recently this was also known as a "scrape" as it was performed with a hard spatula. We have now gone over to sampling with a cervical brush which is less traumatic.
For women over 25 and under 65 years there is a recall system in place that sends you a reminder for your cervical cancer screening. Regular tests can detect cervical cancer early when it is easily treatable.
If you think you are due for a smear, or have never had one, please contact the surgery to make an appointment.
Please inform the receptionist that you will be attending for a "smear" to get the correct length appointment.
Eligible* women over 50 and under 65 years are invited for three yearly mammograms. These are performed by the Breast Screening Mobile unit usually situated at Sandown Racecourse. In between the screening tests please examine your breasts regularly and see the doctor if you have any concerns or a lump. Do not wait for the next screening test!
* Some women are excluded e.g. those with a history of bilateral mastectomy or having breast cancer treatment/monitoring at hospital.