We can offer various clinical examinations and a wide range of blood, urine & swab tests, all tailored to meet your specific requirements. Our on-site women’s health nurse can also provide information, advice, & support to women within the sexual & reproductive health area when appropriate, and if any tests are required to be taken.
Cervical Screening (HPV testing inclusive)
Current NHS screening invites those who are aged between 25 & 64 years routinely every 5 years, unless otherwise indicated. If you feel this time in between smears is too long, or you choose to have testing more regularly for other reasons, then we can offer this service on a private basis (minimum age is 18 years old for a private smear).
Samples are now primarily collected to test for the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV). This can cause many diverse types of cancer, and inclusive of approximately 99% of all cervical cancers.
HPV testing is more precise and consistent than the preceding method (identified abnormal cell changes first), which means individuals can now be quickly recognised if they are at risk of developing cervical cancer and observe or treat as required.
HPV Vaccination for Men & Women (Number of doses dependent on age & health of immune system)
HPV is a common sexually transmitted infection. The HPV vaccine (Gardasil 9) helps to protect against diseases caused by 9 types of this virus and can be given to males and females between the ages of 9 and 45 years old.
Please note this may not fully protect everyone, or against other diseases caused by different HPV strains. Other diseases not caused directly by HPV, will also not be covered with this vaccine.
Contraception – Sayana Press Consultation & Prescription – (4 doses in total is 1 year’s supply)
This injection is a Long-Acting Reversible Contraception (LARC). This works by preventing ovulation, plus other progesterone hormone-based actions.
Many women prefer this injection, as it can be self-administered, which saves visits to sexual health clinics or a GP Practice.
The course is an injection every 13 weeks (+/- 7 days either side), and has other potential benefits, such as it may help with pre-menstrual symptoms, or heavy bleeding.
A full nurse consultation, and instructions on how to inject yourself prior to any prescriptions being issued is required.