Smear tests

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    Video caption: Smear tests vitally important, says MP Alex Davies-Jones

    MP Alex Davies-Jones is warning women about the dangers of putting off smear tests

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    Video caption: Coronavirus: Unable to have smear test after abnormal cells found

    A woman whose test showed abnormal cells fears suspending tests could mean cancer going undetected.

  3. GP surgery child jab uptake 'inadequate'

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    The health regulator has criticised a Chelsea GP surgery for a catalogue of problems, including a low uptake of children getting jabs for measles and other serious diseases.

    Chelsea Medical Services in affluent Rosary Gardens has 3,100 registered patients.

    But on 7 February the Care Quality Commission (CQC) graded it “inadequate” overall, having previously been rated “good”.

    The CQC inspector’s report said the number of two-year-olds who received the measles mumps and rubella vaccine (MMR) in 2014-15 was 72%.

    In 2018-2019 it had fallen to 51.6%, compared with the national target of 90% which all GP surgeries were set. Last year saw an outbreak of measles cases across London.

    There was also criticism about the low rate of women receiving cervical cancer screenings.

    This was 41.5% in 2018/2019 compared to the national achievement target of 80%.

    An NHS spokesperson for the GP surgery said the borough of Kensington and Chelsea generally has a low rate of cervical cancer screenings “in part due to people moving address comparatively frequently compared to the rest of the country”.

    And because many are international citizens who have received screenings “outside the NHS”.

    The spokesperson said nursing recruitment was also an issue for many practices in the area.

  4. Why You Shouldn't Fear The Smear

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    Video caption: Jess opens up about what really happens when you go for a smear test

    Jess opens up about what really happens when you go for a smear test