Bowel Cancer Screening

Bowel cancer is a general term for cancer that begins in the large bowel. Depending on where the cancer starts, bowel cancer is sometimes called colon cancer or rectal cancer. Screening is carried out by taking a small stool sample and testing it for the presence of blood (faecal occult blood test).

Breast Screening

Breast screening for women between the ages of 50 and 70 is done at Pendleton Gateway. You will be invited to attend the unit once every three years. The location of Pendleton Gateway along with facilities available can be found here.

Cervical Smears

All women aged between 25 and 50 should have a cervical smear test every three years, and between 50 and 65 every 5 years. You will get a letter reminding you when your smear test is due. You should preferably make your appointment to see the practice nurse mid-cycle (14 days after the first day of your period). Patients who have just had a baby should wait 3 months after delivery before having a smear.

Chlamydia Screening

Chlamydia is one of the most common sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in the UK. Testing for chlamydia is done with a urine test or a swab test. You don’t always have to have a physical examination by a nurse or doctor.