Women's Health

Cervical Screening

How cervical screening helps prevent cancer

Cervical screening checks a sample of cells from your cervix for certain types of human papillomavirus (HPV).

These types of HPV can cause abnormal changes to the cells in your cervix and are called "high risk" types of HPV.

If these types of HPV are found during screening (an HPV positive result), the sample of cells is then checked for abnormal changes. If abnormal cells are not treated, they may turn into cervical cancer.


When you'll be invited for cervical screening

Chart showing age range and when you'll be invited for screening
Age When you're invited
under 25 up to 6 months before you turn 25
25 to 49 every 3 years
50 to 64 every 5 years
65 or older  only if 1 of your last 3 tests was abnormal

You can read more about the cervical screening test by clicking here or the photo to the right

Jo's Cervical Cancer trust has a wealth of video's in other languages to watch here: https://www.jostrust.org.uk/information/videos

If you have any questions or concerns before your appointment, Please call and ask to speak to the nurse who will be able to awnser everything to put your mind at ease


An Easy Read guide to Cervical Screening

Breast Screening

When will I be offered breast screening?

Breast screening is offered to women aged 50 to their 71st birthday in England.

You'll first be invited for screening between the ages of 50 and 53.

If you're 71 or over, you'll stop receiving screening invitations. But you can still ask to have breast screening.

lf you have not had a screening mamrnogram in the last three years please contact us on the number below to make an appointment. 01903-239757

The West Sussex Breast Screening Serivce have answered some frequently asked questions, to read them click here

For more information click the link to the right to be taken to the NHS UK Breast Screening Website.

CoppaFeel! Has information about breast screening and about general breast awarness. Click here to read more 

An Easy Read guide to Breast Screening


You can see any Nurse at the practice to discuss contraception whether you’re starting a new, because you wish to make a change or need to have your annual review.

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You can start by finding out about the methods of contraception you can choose from, including how they work, who can use them and possible side effects.

These methods are: 

combined pill


contraceptive implant

contraceptive injection

contraceptive patch

IUD (intrauterine device or coil)

IUS (intrauterine system or hormonal coil)

progestogen-only pill

You can also read about emergency contraception, which can be used after unprotected sex or if your normal method of contraception fails.

You can also find out about:


For more information either click the photo to the right or alternatively visit:https://www.sexualhealthwestsussex.nhs.uk/ which is based at Crawley Hospital.



Bowel Screening

NHS bowel cancer screening checks if you could have bowel cancer. It's available to everyone aged 60 or over. The programme is expanding to include 56 year olds in 2021.

Regular NHS bowel cancer screening reduces the risk of dying from bowel cancer.

Bowel cancer is the 4th most common type of cancer. Screening can help find it at an early stage, when it's easier to treat.

Everyone aged 60 to 74 who is registered with a GP and lives in England is automatically sent a bowel cancer screening kit every 2 years. The programme is expanding to include 56 year olds in 2021.

Make sure your GP practice has your correct address so your kit is posted to the right place.

If you're 75 or over, you can ask for a kit every 2 years by phoning the free bowel cancer screening helpline on 0800 707 60 60.

You can read more about the bowel cancer screening by clicking here or by clicking the photo to the right

Further information about the FIT test and how to use it is available to download in 10 different languages including Polish, Urdu, Arabic and Chinese (simplified and traditional).