Women’s Health

We offer a range of clinics and services here at Green Street Green Medical Centre to support women’s health and help maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Breast Screening

The National Breast Screening Programme was introduced in 1988 as an early detection service for breast cancer. It states that all women who are aged between 50 – 70 years of age will be routinely invited for free breast screening every three years. The programme is very successful and currently saves around 1,400 lives per year.

Breast screening aims to find breast cancer at an early stage, often before there are any symptoms. To do this, an x-ray is taken of each breast (mammogram). Early detection may often mean simpler and more successful treatment. When women are invited for their mammogram depends on which GP they are registered with, not when their birthday is.

The screening office runs a rolling programme which invites women by area. The requirement is that all women will receive their first invitation before their 53rd birthday, but ideally when they are 50. Breast screening is for women without symptoms. If you are under 50 and concerned about any aspect of breast care or  If you have any new breast symptoms including lumps in the breast or arm pit, skin changes, change in the appearance of the breast, nipple bleeding or discharge then please do not wait for a mammogram appointment but instead contact the Medical Centre for an appointment with your doctor. You can do this online or by telephone. Also if you are concerned about your family history of breast cancer and suspect you might be entitled to early mammograms then please also contact the Medical Centre.

Useful links: West London Breast Screening

Cervical Screening Test

Cervical screening, or smear test, is a method of detecting abnormal (pre-cancerous) cells in the cervix in order to prevent cervical cancer. The cervix is the entrance to the womb from the vagina. Cervical screening is recommended every three years for women aged 25 to 49 and every five years for women aged 50 to 64 or more frequently if smear results indicates abnormal changes.

Cervical screening is not a test for cancer; it is a test to check the health of the cells of the cervix. Most women’s test results show that everything is normal, but for 1 in 20 women the test will show some abnormal changes in the cells of the cervix.

Most of these changes will not lead to cervical cancer and the cells may go back to normal on their own. However, in some cases, the abnormal cells need to be treated to prevent them becoming cancerous.

Our nurses are qualified to carry out cervical screening and tests in the form of cervical smears. In order to have a cervical smear the patient must have received a letter requesting that they have a cervical smear and the appointment must please be made for when the patient is not menstruating.

These appointments typically take around 15 minutes. For any further information or to book an appointment, please call the surgery.

Cervical screening is for women with no symptoms to detect early changes in the cervix.  If you have any symptoms which are worrying you, particularly bleeding during or after intercourse, bleeding between periods or a change in your periods or normal discharge then please contact the Medical Centre for an appointment with your Doctor.

Useful links

Menopausal symptoms

Menopausal symptoms can be very distressing and we can offer advice on testing (if appropriate) and treatment for them.  If you are concerned about menopausal symptoms then the websites Menopause Matters and the NHS website NHS Choices can be very helpful.   Please book a doctor appointment or online consultation to discuss further.  Once on HRT women need to have an initial HRT check after three months and then routinely once every 6 months and these are with the nursing team.  If you are already on HRT and have any concerns please book a doctor appointment or an online consultation.

Ring pessaries

These are fitted for the treatment of vaginal prolapse.  If you feel that you might have a prolapse then please initially either book a doctor appointment or an online consultation.  If the doctor assesses that a ring pessary might be suitable to control your symptoms then an appropriate appointment will be arranged for you.

Urinary and bowel incontinence

This can be experienced by women and a local self-referral service is available – Bromley Bladder and Bowel service

NHS health checks

See here for further details.

Well woman checks

These are available to book with a member of our nursing team if you are not eligible for a NHS health check.  NHS health checks have additional checks compared to a well woman check.

Counselling

This is available on the NHS and you can self-refer at  Talk together Bromley

Domestic Violence

The following websites contain much information both nationally and in Bromley of services available. You can of course also make an appointment with your GP.

London Borough of Bromley – Domestic violence

National DA helpline

 

Sexual health and contraception including emergency contraception

See our Sexual Health pages