Dr Hannan Abdel-Salam
Dr Abdel-Salam will be going on maternity leave from 17th April 2019
A cervical smear test takes 5 minutes, but the impact of cervical cancer can last for life
Many people are nervous about going for cervical screening (a smear test), but our staff are here to help if you feel this way
Cervical screening (a smear test) checks the health of your cervix. The cervix is the opening to your womb from your vagina.
It's not a test for cancer; it's a test to help prevent cancer.
All women with a cervix aged 25 to 64 should be invited by letter.
During the screening appointment, a small sample of cells will be taken from your cervix.
The sample is then tested for changes to the cells of your cervix.
Finding abnormal changes early means they can be monitored or treated so they do not get a chance to turn into cervical cancer.
You'll get your results by letter, usually in about 4-6 weeks.
Cervical screening may check for:
abnormal cell changes in your cervix – left untreated, this could turn into cancer
Human Papilloma Virus ( HPV) – some types of HPV can lead to cell changes in your cervix and cancer
Try not to put off cervical screening. It's one of the best ways to protect yourself from cervical cancer.
Want to know more? Feel free to contact us to discuss further with a clinician of your choice, or visit Jo’s cervical cancer trust helpline on 0808 802 8000 or website www.jostrust.org .uk
Further information is also available at www.nhs.uk/cervical/screening
The practice team at Torkard Hill Medical Centre have significantly contributed towards primary care research for a number of years through our Research Scheme to successfully deliver a number of studies in various medical areas. This year they applied for a higher level and were successful, which is fantastic news as 22 surgeries across the East Midlands applied for this level and Torkard Hill was one of 8 that were successful with 6 out of the 8 from Nottinghamshire which is great news for our region.
We thank them for all their hard work over the years and we also thank all of you who have participated in the studies as research could not happen without you. If any of you are interested in getting involved in studies please contact your surgery.
Nottingham Team > Valentina, Helen and Nadia
CARER'S DROP IN SERVICE
If you, or someone you know cares for a loved one you are invited to come to our Carer's Drop In Service. This is held on the first Tuesday of every month from 9am - 11am, and the advisor can provide practical advice and support on carer issues.
You do not need to book an appointment - just turn up!
WE NOW HAVE A NEW CARERS CHAMPION: DONNA WYBROW. If you have any questions please ask Donna who will be happy to signpost you to local Carer Services.
The NHS Breast Screening Programme saves 1,400 lives every year.
All women aged 50 and over are entitled to regular breast screening. Some things are worth making time for. For more details, please click here
Torkard Park Run Practice
The GP partners at Torkard Hill Medical Centre have joined the new national parkrun GP scheme which is a joint venture between the Royal College of GPs and Parkrun UK. GP practices are being encouraged to develop closer links with their local parkrun to become certified ‘parkrun practices’, where our health care practitioners can signpost patients and carers to parkrun, particularly those who are the least active and have long-term health conditions. Many practice staff across the country have already reaped the personal benefit of taking part. We know that experiencing parkrun for yourself is a great way to appreciate the benefits and share them with patients. Part of our application meant we needed to collaborate with our local parkrun provider, Bestwood Village Park run team, and they are very happy to support us.
Want to know more? Click here
Important Changes about Data Protection
Many patients may have noticed they have been receiving emails about new privacy regulations coming into force at the end of May 2018. This is due to GDPR (also known as the General Data Protection Regulation) which is a new European framework for data protection laws. It is designed to give every individual greater protection, rights and control over how their data is collected, stored, used and shared.
The Practice fully supports these regulations and have reflected these rights and interests in our new Privacy notice and Privacy statement. We are required to provide clarity on what data we have, how we use it, why we need it and who has access to it. We have also appointed a Data Protection Officer (DPO) who can be contacted if anyone has concerns about GDPR:-
Tel: 0115 838 6770
We still deal with requests for your medical information at the surgery
For more information on the GDPR is available at the Information Commissioner’s office: