Other NHS services and resources
NHS 111 service
NHS 111 is a new service that has been introduced to make it easier for you to access local NHS healthcare services in England. You can call 111 when you need medical help fast but it’s not a 999 emergency. NHS 111 is a fast and easy way to get the right help, whatever the time. For more information visit www.nhs.uk/111.
Screening is a way of identifying apparently healthy people who may have an increased risk of a particular condition. The NHS offers a range of screening tests to different sections of the population.
If you get a normal result (a screen negative result) after a screening test, this means you are at low risk of having the condition you were screened for. This does not mean you will never develop the condition in the future, just that you are low risk at the moment.
If you have a higher-risk result (a screen positive result), it means you may have the condition that you've been tested for. At this point, you will be offered further tests (called diagnostic tests) to confirm if you have the condition. You can then be offered treatment, advice and support.
Screening in pregnancy
Pregnant women are offered the following types of screening:
- screening for infectious diseases (hepatitis B, HIV and syphilis)
- screening for Down's syndrome, Patau's syndrome and Edwards' syndrome
- screening for sickle cell disease and thalassaemia
- screening for physical abnormalities (mid-pregnancy scan)
Screening for newborn babies
Newborn babies are offered:
- a physical examination, which includes the eyes, heart, hips and testes
- a hearing test
- a blood spot test to check if the baby has any of 9 rare conditions
Diabetic eye screening
From the age of 12, all people with diabetes are offered an annual diabetic eye test to check for early signs of diabetic retinopathy.
Cervical screening is offered to women aged 25 to 64 to check the health of cells in the cervix. It is offered every 3 years for those aged 26 to 49, and every 5 years from the ages of 50 to 64.
(letter invitation is sent to patients from the NHS screening team, however if your unsure when you are due for screening please contact us)
Breast screening is offered to women aged 50 to 70 to detect early signs of breast cancer. Women over 70 can self-refer.
If you have missed your screening contact : Central and East London Breast Screening Service, West Wing, St Bartholomew's Hospital, West Smithfield, London, EC1A 7BE Telephone:020 3758 2024 Monday to Friday 8am to 6pm
Bowel cancer screening
There are 2 types of screening for bowel cancer.
A home testing kit is offered to men and women aged 60 to 74.
Bowel scope screening uses a thin, flexible tube with a tiny camera on the end to look at the large bowel. It is offered to men and women at the age of 55 in some parts of England.
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.NHS screening kits aren't available for people under 60.
Abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) screening
AAA screening is offered to men in their 65th year to detect abdominal aortic aneurysms (a dangerous swelling in the aorta). Men over 65 can self-refer.
North london screening office details: Tel: 0333 009 6971 , North London Aaa Screening Programme, 1st Floor, Capital Tower, 91 Waterloo Road, London, SE1 8RT
If you are registered with a GP in Tower Hamlets you will be able to take part in Pharmacy First, a new scheme that allows faster access to advice and treatment for short-term minor conditions.
The conditions covered by the scheme include headaches, colds, sore throats, cough, fever, hay fever, constipation, diarrhoea, mouth ulcers, teething, indigestion, athletes foot, head lice, thrush, bites and stings, certain skin conditions, back pain, sprains and strains and eye conditions.
To register for the scheme you need to visit your GP practice and get a Pharmacy First registration voucher, which you take to a pharmacy in Tower Hamlets.
To use the scheme all you have to do is return to the same pharmacy.
If you, or someone you care for, use the same medicines regularly, you may be able to benefit from repeat dispensing from the pharmacist. This means you can collect your repeat medicines directly from the pharmacy without having to visit the surgery or make an appointment to see the doctor or practice nurse every time you need more medicine.
If you would like to be considered for repeat dispensing the first step is to talk to your doctor and ask them if you can use repeat dispensing.