St Mary’s Surgery has won a national award for their work to increase the number of women attending potentially life-saving cervical screening (smear tests).
The IN THE PINK! Campaign has been awarded the top prize by charity Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust in their annual Cervical Screening Awards which recognise excellence and innovation across the UK.
Cervical screening can prevent up to 75% of cervical cancers from developing however 1 in 4 women do not attend the test when invited, significantly increasing their risk of developing a disease which claims two lives every day. Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust, the only UK charity dedicated to women affected by cervical cancer, created the awards in 2010 to acknowledge organisations working to reverse this trend and inspire others.The judges highlighted the following "(the campaign) demonstrated understanding and investigation of the problem", delivered “excellent outcomes and plans going ahead” and commented that it is "great to see a full team effort and taking action by increasing service provision in light of feedback from patients".
Robert Music, Chief Executive of Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust, said: "St Mary’s is a very worthy winner of our Cervical Screening Awards. Their application positively stood out among the applications we received and provides an excellent example of a targeted campaign to overcome some of the barriers to screening faced in their community. Cervical screening uptake is worryingly at a 19 year low in England and local initiatives are vital to reversing this trend. If we don’t then we are only going to see more women diagnosed and potentially losing their lives, from what is a largely preventable disease. I would like to personally congratulate St Mary’s and hope that their work encourages others to invest in prevention campaigns."
Dr Sue Robinson, Clinical Chair for Southampton Clinical Commissioning Group praised the surgery for their award; "we are delighted and extremely proud to have a GP Surgery within our city recognised with this award. The whole team worked hard to achieve this and are a shining example that campaigns such as this one, do work and can make a real difference to the health of people of Southampton."
For the full PRESS RELEASE from JO's Trust please CLICK HERE
Patients can now access a qualified physiotherapist free of charge at various locations across the City
Download and complete the self referral form below and then ring the number on the form to book your appointment. Alternatively come into surgery and pick up one of the forms from reception.
Physio Self Referral Form
This service is only for patients registered with a GP in Southampton and unfortunately certain exclusions apply. These are detailed on the form above.
Step forward SID, or the Southampton Information Directory
This database is run by Southampton City Council, and has a wealth of information about local services and self-assessment tools about eligibility for council run services that anyone with access to a computer can complete. It is designed to be easily used by the public as well as professionals, and you can search for keywords such as “lonely” or “mental health”.
As well as who to contact and what support is available, there is also easy to read information about the kinds of things we are often asked about. For example, what to do if your teenager is moody – what are the warning signs, what to say to them, when and who should you contact (and it’s not just “contact your GP”!)
Dementia can happen to anyone and there's currently no cure. It can strip you of your memory, your relationships and your connection to the world you love, leaving you feeling isolated and alone. The Alzheimer's Society believe that life doesn't end when dementia begins, and we do everything we can to help people living with dementia hold onto their lives and the things they love for longer. We also believe it's possible to do new things and have new experiences, too.
Click here for more details
The ICE bus provides welfare support in the City Centre at the weekend
The 'In Case of Emergency', abbreviated as ICE, night time emergency bus is a safe haven for those who are injured, unwell or in need of welfare support when out in Southampton city centre on a Saturday night.
The bus is parked opposite the Cenotaph on Above Bar Street, at the entrance to East Park.
The bus is available on a Saturday night between 10pm – 4am, and during student Fresher’s and New Years Eve.
Place to sober up
Medical advice from South Central Ambulance Service
Welfare advice from welfare officers from Southampton City Council
The service is free.
See the Council website for more information
Keep A&E free for emergencies - know how to access appropriate services