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Free Health Screening

Bowel Cancer Screening

The NHS Bowel Cancer Screening Programme offers screening every two years to all men and women aged 60 to 69. People over 70 can request a screening kit by calling a freephone helpline when the programme reaches their area.

This is a nationwide project and is being rolled out region by region.

The Manchester area is now offering screening

The National Bowel Cancer Screening website explains all about the project.

Men and women eligible for screening will receive an invitation letter explaining the programme and an information leaflet entitled Bowel Cancer Screening - The Facts .

About a week later, an FOB (Faecal Occult Blood) test kit will be sent out along with step-by-step instructions for completing the test at home and sending the samples to the hub laboratory. The test will then be processed and the results sent within two weeks.

Visit the Frequently Asked Questions section for more details.


Cardiovascular Risk Factor

Screening for those aged 40 - 74 years old with no established cardiovascular disease (like Heart Attacks , Angina or strokes)

This is a nationwide project.

A ‘risk factor calculator’ is commonly used by doctors and nurses to assess the risk of you developing a cardiovascular disease such as: heart attack, angina, stroke, and peripheral vascular disease. Treatment is recommended if you have a high risk.

We will be offering screening in three phases with those at higher risk first.

We will be contacting you if you are affected.

Read more about the project.


Chlamydia screening for under 25 year olds.

This is part of the national screening programme.The test is very simple and a kit can be sent to your home. The RU Clear website gives more details.


Breast screening

For female patients over 50 years old. The service is offered every three years as part of the NHS national breast screening programme. Women aged 50 to 70 years old are automatically sent an invitation to attend the screening unit. The first appointment is sent when the patient is aged 50-53 years old. If this hasn't happened, please let us know.

Women aged 70 and over will not be automatically invited but can contact the screening unit to book an appointment, if they would like to have screening.


Smear test

For female patients over 25 years old. The service is offered every three to five years, as part of the NHS national cervical screening programme. Invitations to attend the practice will be automatically sent out. If this hasn't happened, please let us know.


Blood test to check for prostate cancer

There is no national screening programme for prostate cancer as the benefits are unclear. For further information, see the NHS Choices website . However, a blood test (the 'PSA test') is available at the practice on request. The test is most likely to be beneficial for men over 50 years old with a family history of prostate cancer. Please read about the test in this printable PSA test information leaflet or pick up a leaflet at the surgery.

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