All women aged 25-65 need a regular cervical smear test to detect any early changes which might lead to cancer later on. A test is advised every three years for patients 25-49 and every five years for those aged 50-64.
Cervical screening is a method of preventing cervical cancer by detecting abnormal cells in the cervix (lower part of the womb). It is not a test for cancer, but it is a test to check the health of the cervix. The majority of women's test results show that everything is normal but for one in 20 women, the test will show some changes in the cells of the cervix. Most of these changes will not lead to cervical cancer and the cells will go back to normal on their own. In some cases, the abnormal cells need to be treated to prevent them becoming a problem later.
Health Visitors are employed by the West Sussex Health and based at Findon Children and Family Centre and can be contacted on 01903 843818. They run a "walk in" baby clinic in the surgery every Friday morning.
A healthy pregnancy starts before you become pregnant. If you are on regular medication for conditions such as diabetes or epilepsy, please consult your doctor. If you think you are pregnant you can now self-refer via the website www.pregnancybooking.westernsussexhospitals.nhs.uk.
There is a mental health advisor accessible through the practice. Referral is via your GP.
Our midwives are based at the children's centre at the Vale School and can be contacted on 01903 270455. They provide antenatal and postnatal care, support and eduction to those who are pregnant.