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Queen Mary PracticeSouth Woodford Health Centre114 The High RoadSouth WoodfordLondon, E18 2QSTel: 020 8491 3303
If you’re a patient at our practice you can now use the new NHS App, a simple and secure way to access a range of NHS services on your smartphone or tablet.
In addition to general medical consultations we are pleased to be able to provide specialist clinics and services covering the following areas:
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Everyone is at some risk of developing heart disease, stroke, diabetes, kidney disease and some forms of dementia. An NHS Health Check aims to help you lower your risk of developing these common but often preventable diseases.
You will be invited for a NHS Health Check once every five years if you are between 40 and 74 years old and haven't already been diagnosed with vascular diseases or have certain risk factors such as high blood pressure or high cholesterol treated by medication.
At the check, your risk of heart disease, stroke, kidney disease and diabetes will be assessed through some straightforward tests and standard questions about your lifestyle and family medical history. You’ll be offered personalised advice and support to help you lower that risk and stay healthy. This could include suggestions on small changes to your diet or how much exercise you take if your risk is low or moderate. If you are at higher risk, you might be offered things such as medicines to control your blood pressure, along with help to take action including losing weight or stopping smoking.
It makes sense for all eligible people to have a routine NHS Health Check for these conditions every five years. That means you can take action early, and greatly improve your chance of a healthier and longer life. Small, long-lasting changes to your lifestyle can make a huge difference.
The check will take around 20 to 30 minutes:
Have you ever wondered how your doctor or nurse knows the best treatment to prescribe when you’re ill? The answer is simple – it’s all down to research studies which are designed to find ways to treat or prevent disease. The goal of research is to improve everyone’s knowledge about health and disease. Taking part in research may lead to new solutions to problems and thus improving health. Moreover, taking part in research may enable you to access new and innovative treatments before they’re available to others. Queen Mary Practice is research active. Taking part in research is “voluntary” and can be a rewarding experience. In this surgery your nurse or doctor might ask you to take part in a clinical research study. If you do not wish to take part it will not affect the care you receive.
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If caught early bowel cancer can be treated in 90 per cent of cases, yet despite this it is the cancer with the second highest death rate in the UK.
Screening remains one of the best ways to spot bowel cancer early. The NHS Bowel Screening Programme offers a free screening kit for people aged between 60 and 74, who are registered with a GP and live in outer north east London. The kit is sent to your home every two years to make it as quick and comfortable as possible for the test to be taken. Anyone over the age of 75 can request a screening kit by calling 0800 707 6060.
People are also encouraged to look out for the signs and symptoms of bowel cancer, which can include:
It is important to remember that experiencing one or some of these symptoms does not mean that you have bowel cancer, but if you have any of these symptoms for three weeks or more you should make an appointment with your GP practice for a check-up and screening.
Dr Anil Mehta, GP and chair of Redbridge Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), said: “One person every 15 minutes is diagnosed with bowel cancer in the UK. Spotting the signs and seeking medical advice early does save lives, so I strongly urge you to take part in the screening program and if you have any concerns about bowel cancer to make an appointment with your GP.
“Even if you are not experiencing any symptoms, you should still get tested if you are over 60 as the risk of cancer increases as we get older.
“Since free screening started in 2008 many people have done the test and the majority have found that they are healthy. Around one in every hundred people has found that they need to see someone to do further tests.”You can also reduce your risk of developing bowel cancer by making lifestyle changes such as eating a low-fat, high-fibre diet, including fresh fruit, vegetables and whole grains, cutting down on red and processed meat and increasing physical activity by raising your heart rate for at least 20 minutes every day.
Screening is a way of testing healthy people to see if they show any early signs of cancer.
Bowel cancer screening can save lives. Screening aims to detect bowel cancer at an early stage, when treatment has the best chance of working. The test can also find polyps (non-cancerous growths), which might develop into cancer. Polyps can easily be removed, to lower the risk of bowel cancer.
Screening is a way of testing healthy people to see if they show any early signs of cancer. Bowel cancer screening can save lives. Screening aims to detect bowel cancer at an early stage, when treatment has the best chance of working. The test can also find polyps (non-cancerous growths), which might develop into cancer. Polyps can be removed, to lower the risk of bowel cancer.
In England, Wales and Northern Ireland people over the age of 60 are invited to take part in bowel cancer screening. In Scotland, screening starts from age 50. You will be invited to take part in screening every two years until you reach the age of 75.
Each of the screening programmes in the UK use home tests, which look for hidden blood in poo. If you are registered with a GP and within the eligible screening age range, a test will be automatically posted to you, so you can complete it in the privacy of your own home.
Bowel Cancer UK do not provide bowel cancer screening test kits or accept completed kits.
There are currently three different bowel screening tests used as part of bowel screening programmes in the UK. The test you receive will vary depending on which country you live in.
Faecal occult blood test (FOBT) >>
The bowel screening programmes in England, Wales and Northern Ireland use a test called a Faecal Occult Blood Test (FOBT).
Using the cardboard sticks provided, you will be asked to smear two small samples of poo onto a special screening card. You will need to do this three times over a two week period (10 days in Northern Ireland).
You will be given a self-sealing, freepost envelope to send the card back to the screening centre. Full instructions and a detailed information leaflet will be sent to you with your invitation and test.
You will get your test results in about two weeks.
Most people have a normal result, which means that no blood was found in the sample. This doesn’t mean that you don’t have or won’t get bowel cancer so you should still see your GP if you have any symptoms. You will receive another test in two years.
If the result isn’t clear, you may need to do the test again.
If the test finds blood in your sample, you will be invited to a local screening centre to talk about your results. This doesn’t mean that you have cancer. The bleeding could be caused by a non-cancerous growth or another health problem. You will be offered more tests, such as a colonoscopy, to find out what is causing the bleeding.
Faecal immunochemical test (FIT) >>
The Scottish bowel screening programme uses a test called a Faecal Immunochemical Test (FIT).
The test has a stick attached to the lid, this is used to take one small poo sample and then placed back into the tube.
You will be given a self-sealing, freepost envelope to send the test back to the screening centre. Full instructions and a detailed information leaflet will be sent to you with your invitation and test.
Most people will be told no further investigation is needed. This doesn’t mean that you don’t have or won’t get bowel cancer so you should still see your GP if you have any symptoms. You will receive another test in two years.
Some people will be told that further tests are needed. This doesn’t mean you have cancer. The bleeding could be caused by a non-cancerous growth or another health problem. You will be offered more tests, such as a colonoscopy, to find out what is causing the bleeding.
Bowel scope screening >>
Another bowel screening test called bowel scope is gradually being introduced in England to all men and women aged 55. This is used in addition to the home based FOBT for people from 60-74.
Bowel scope involves using a thin, flexible tube with a camera on the end (called a flexible sigmoidoscopy) to look inside the lower part of your bowel and your back passage (rectum). The test looks for, and removes, any non-cancerous growths (polyps) that could develop into cancer over time.
At the moment, the bowel cancer screening programme in every UK country uses the FOBT test.
Northern Ireland >>
The sooner bowel cancer is diagnosed, the easier it is to treat. But no screening test is 100 per cent accurate.
It is your choice whether to take part in the screening programme. Some of the benefits and risks of bowel cancer screening are listed here.
Some people who don’t have any symptoms and don’t fit the criteria for NHS screening choose to pay for a private test. Testing kits are available from pharmacies or from private healthcare companies. If you have any symptoms, you should visit your GP.
The self-test kits you buy over the counter from pharmacies vary in quality, so the results could be misleading. We can’t recommend or comment on individual tests without a full review by independent experts. In the meantime, we recommend you speak to your GP.
Some private companies offer bowel cancer screening, where the samples are tested in a laboratory and the results sent to you. If you are thinking about paying for a private screening test, or your health insurance company offers you a test, ask the company what care or support they offer after you get the test results. They should also tell you how accurate their test is. If the results aren’t clear or if they find blood in your sample, you will either need to visit your GP or get a referral for further tests.
The NHS in England has written a leaflet called Thinking about having a private screening test?.
Click here for more information >>
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