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MARSTON MEDICAL CENTRE MOVE - PUBLIC MEETING

We need your views on our proposed move. Please come to a public meeting this Thursday 30th March at the United Reformed Church Hall, 352 Marston Road, Marston, Oxford, OX3 0JB.

If you can't make it please look at the presentation below and send us your views. 

MMC Options Presentation

CHANGES TO YOUR USUAL DOCTOR:  During the merger process of the last few months we have had to make a number of changes to the doctors' team.  This means we have had to move 10% of our patients to new usual doctors.  We are sending out text messages, emails and some letters to let you know if this applies to you.  If you have been moved, we are really sorry as we know patients and doctors often develop close relationships, and it can be frustrating having to get to know and to trust someone again.  However, please be patient and give it a go.  The new doctors we have are caring, conscientious and highly competent.

Life Saving Screening

Screening
What is screening and why is it important?
 Screening means looking for early signs of a particular disease in otherwise healthy people who do not have any symptoms. If certain diseases are picked up early, then early treatment improves the outcomes and reduces the chance of complications.
 Screening is especially important when it comes to cancer. Many people feel that they would ‘rather not know’, but where cancer is concerned, you're bound to know at some time. Cancer doesn't just go away on its own and finding out early can make all the difference between successful treatment, and treatment being started too late.

 

Screening invite letters
Many of you are not taking up these invitations. So when the next secretly unwanted letter from the surgery or screening team lands on your doormat, please make the appointments recommended.
It may not be fun, but if it wasn't worth it, the NHS wouldn't recommend it; we are trying to prevent illnesses you may get in the future.
If you don’t understand about screening, need information in a different language, or are worried about having the tests, please contact the surgery - we can help you and put your mind at rest.
 
Tell me more about screening for cancer….
Cervical screening
Cervical cancer is a disease that can often be prevented, even more so now that HPV vaccination is being offered to teenage girls. It is one of the few types of cancer which can be detected and stopped before it ever begins. The UK is a world leader in cervical screening and since it was introduced in the UK in 1988, the number of women who develop cervical cancer fell by a spectacular 42%. Cancer of the cervix is now only the seventeenth most common cancer in women in the UK, whereas across the world it is the third or fourth most common cancer.
The cervical screening test is not a cancer test. The test is used to detect early abnormalities of the cervix which, if untreated, could lead to cervical cancer in the future.
In most women the cells that are taken are found to be normal. Abnormal cells are found in some women. About 6 women in 100 will have an abnormal result that requires further testing or treatment. Most of these changes will not lead to cervical cancer. 
When do I need to be screened?
  • Screening starts at 25 and then every 3 years until age 49.
  • Then every 5 years from 50 - 65 when it stops. The chances of getting cervical cancer after 65 with previous normal smears is extremely rare.
Where does it happen?
  • Cervical screening is based on taking a cervical smear (known as a Pap smear in some countries) and an internal examination is needed.
  • It is usually done by one of our practice nurses at the surgery but you can also have it done at the GUM clinic at the Churchill
 
If you are overdue a smear or are not sure when you are next due one, or have any concerns about having a smear done, please call the surgery to discuss this with us.
 
Bowel cancer screening
If bowel cancer is diagnosed at an early stage, there is a good chance of a cure. In general, the more advanced the cancer (the more it has grown and spread), the less chance there is that treatment will be a cure.
The screening involves taking a tiny sample of stool and sending it off (faecal occult blood test or FOB) looking for blood in the stool, which is invisible to the naked eye. Most will be normal. If not, you'll be invited to get further tests which could rule out cancer of the colon. At worst, the test may pick up early changes which can be successfully treated.

 

So, you want me to test my poo!!??
The testing kit is a very simple way for you to collect small samples of your faeces in your own home. Although it sounds embarrassing and unpleasant, it is easy and quick to do. There are clear instructions sent with the kit. You obtain a sample by using a small scraper to scrape some faeces off toilet tissue which you have just used after going to the toilet. You will then need to wipe very small samples of three different bowel motions on a special card. You then send the card in a hygienically sealed, prepaid envelope to the laboratory. You will be sent the results of your test by post within two weeks.

 

Who needs it??
All patients aged 60 to 74 are automatically offered screening every two years.
If you have not yet received an invitation for bowel cancer screening or have lost it or you are 75 or over and would like to be screened, you can request a test kit by calling the Freephone helpline: 0800 707 60 60
 
Breast cancer screening
Breast cancer is common - around 1 in 8 women will develop breast cancer at some point, most commonly women over the age of 50 years. Breast screening aims to detect breast cancer at an early stage, before symptoms or signs develop, such as a lump. You will have an X-ray picture of each of your breasts (a mammogram). If breast cancer is found early, it is more likely that you will be able to have breast-conserving surgery. It is also more likely that you will have a greater chance of surviving the breast cancer in the long-term.
Don't forget - early diagnosis doesn't mean longer to worry; it does mean better chances of successful cure.
 
Who needs it?
All women in the UK aged between 50 and 70 are routinely invited every three years. However, you may not receive an invitation for screening as soon as you are 50 but you should receive your first invitation before your 53rd birthday. If you are over 70, you are still entitled to breast screening every three years but you will not be sent a routine appointment - you have to make your own appointment.
 
Where do I go??
In Oxford this is done at the Churchill hospital. If you have problems getting there, please let us know, so that we can try to help.
Our team at Bury Knowle will be happy to answer any questions you have about any of the screening programmes.

 



 
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