It is really important to use any screening services offered to you.
They can detect serious diseases.
If you catch the disease early, you have a better chance of treating it successfully.
All people who register with a GP are normally offered ‘age-appropriate’ health screening, as a new patient.
Latent TB screening (Tuberculosis)
If you have Latent TB it means you carry the TB bacteria but you do not have symptoms.
If you are from certain countries (not in the EEA- Economic European Area) and if you have arrived in the UK in the last 5 years, you can get free NHS testing for Latent TB.
It is a good idea to take the test because it will show if you need treatment to stop it developing into a serious illness. To find out more, or make an appointment: 01274 227555
Or you can speak to your GP practice.
In England, the following cancer screening is offered free of charge to patients registered with a GP practice.
- Cervical screening is offered to women aged 25 to 64. The screening is done at your GP practice. You will be invited for an appointment by letter.
- Breast cancer screening (known as a mammogram) is offered to women aged 50 to 70. Women aged 70 and over can self-refer. The screening is done at a local hospital. You can take someone with you or ask for an interpreter. You will be invited for an appointment by letter.
- Bowel cancer screening is offered to men and women aged 60. You do the screening test yourself at home using a test kit which is sent to you in the post. You return it by post.
NHS Health Checks
- The NHS Health Check is a free check-up for adults in England aged 40-74.
- It will check if you have early signs of stroke, kidney disease, heart disease, type 2 diabetes or dementia.
- You will be invited for a health check by your GP practice once every 5 years.