Cervical cancer is diagnosed in nine women every day in the UK and here in Southampton, 67% of the women eligible for cervical screening, which could detect the disease, take up the opportunity to be screened.
As part of Cervical Cancer Prevention Week this week, local doctors in Southampton want to raise awareness of the importance of attending your cervical screening test when invited. Cervical cancer is the most common cancer in women under 35 but is largely preventable thanks to cervical screening and the HPV vaccination programme.
NHS Southampton City CCG can confirm Dr Mark Kelsey has started his new role as its Clinical Chair from this month.
Dr Kelsey takes over from Dr Sue Robinson, who retired from the role at the end of 2017.
Dr Kelsey trained in Southampton and has been a GP in the city since 2005. Since 2013, he has been the CCG’s GP Board lead for communications and engagement and information technology, and for the last two years has served as Deputy Clinical Chair of the Governing Body.
It's not too late to get the flu jab. Ask your GP, pharmacist or midwife about the free flu vaccine today.
You are eligible for the free flu vaccine if you are pregnant, have a long term health condition, are aged 65 years or over, or are a carer. Children aged 2 – 3 and school children from reception class through to year 4 are also eligible. For full details about who should have the flu jab, visit the NHS Choices website.
For more information on staying well this winter, visit nhs.uk/staywell.
The report into the Hampshire Wheelchair Service Review has now been published. The review was carried out between September 2016 and September 2017 and involved people who use the service, their carers and health professionals who refer their patients to the service.
With the festive season fast approaching, local doctors want to help make sure you know about the Southampton health services here for you over the holiday period.
Local GP and Chair of NHS Southampton City Clinical Commissioning Group, Dr Sue Robinson, said: "We all know the lead up to Christmas is busy, and we might not be thinking about our health as we get ready for the holidays, so we hope these simple tips will help to let you know about the services and support available here in Southampton."