Bowel Cancer screening and why it’s now more important than ever

on Tuesday, 07 August 2018. Posted in blog

Bowel Cancer screening and why it’s now more important than ever

It can feel embarrassing talking about your bowels, but not talking about them could prove deadly.

It is not the easiest subjects to discuss, but rest assured your doctor will be more than happy to hear from you if you have any concerns.

It is now more important than ever to be screened for this potentially fatal disease because with prompt treatment the survival rates are good, but without detection, it can kill you.

Symptoms of bowel cancer

If you have had any of these symptoms for three weeks or longer please visit your doctor or make an appointment to come and see us:

  • Abdominal pain, especially if severe
  • A lump in your tummy
  • Unexplained weight loss or tiredness
  • Bleeding from the bottom or blood in your poo
  • A persistent change in bowel habit, especially going more often or looser stools

These symptoms might not be bowel cancer, but it is worth checking them out with a doctor. Find out more here https://www.beatingbowelcancer.org/understanding-bowel-cancer/symptoms/

 

Statistics from Cancer Research UK show:

The bad news is:

  • Every half an hour someone dies of bowel cancer approx 14,000 people per year in the UK
  • Every quarter of an hour someone is diagnosed with bowel cancer - approximately 41,000 people per year in the UK
  • It is the second biggest cancer killer in the UK

The good news is:

  • In the UK is diagnosed early, more than 90% of bowel cancer cases can be treated successfully
  • Five-year survival rates for bowel cancer have doubled over the last 40 years in the UK.

NHS Screening programme for Bowel Cancer

The NHS run a  bowel cancer screening programme for those aged 60-74 years old which is a simple FOB (fecal occult blood) test which detects blood hidden in small samples of stool. You complete the test over the course of a few days, in the privacy of your own home. Once complete, you simply return it in the post to a central laboratory for testing.

Sadly only about 60% of people complete these simple screening tests.

This test is due to be superseded this year by a New Faecal Immunochemical Test (FIT) which should be more accurate.

Southdowns screening service

At Southdowns we offer a full abdominal screening service which checks for bowel cancer as well as stomach, colon, liver and rectal cancers in addition to pancreatic and ovarian cancers. It is 85% accurate and can detect cancers before even before symptoms manifest themselves.

The computer generates a detailed three-dimensional (3D) model of the colon enabling an internal view of the colon to identify any early abnormalities.

This scan is carried out privately at St Richards Hospital Chichester.

Call us to find out more or book online

Meningitis ACWY vaccines

on Sunday, 05 August 2018. Posted in blog

Meningitis ACWY vaccines

Meningococcal Bacteria is the common cause of bacterial meningitis and can affect the body in different ways, often causing both septicemias in addition to meningitis; this is known as meningococcal disease. 

Bacterial meningitis disease is divided into groups ACWY and B, and can be very dangerous, sometimes fatal. We are all at risk of contracting the disease if we do not have the vaccination. Children under 5 years old are most at risk, followed by teenagers and young adults, and the over 55s are also at an increased risk.

Recent media reports have highlighted the tragic deaths of several university students who did not receive a Meningitis ACWY vaccination through their GP. Vaccines to protect against the disease are routinely available in the infant stages through to early years.  

The NHS also offers a catch-up program of a single dose of meningitis ACWY to all teenagers around the age of 14 and university entrants up to 25 years old, who have not been vaccinated to provide them with excellent protection against this deadly condition.

As a practice we identify these young adults and write to them directly, inviting them in for the vaccination. Unfortunately, take up can be low, we do understand that this age group may not necessarily prioritise vaccinations or understand the benefits. 

We, therefore, encourage all parents of teenage children and university-aged children to check that their child has received meningitis ACWY and if they haven’t encourage them to do so.

Meningitis is a deadly condition that is readily preventable by vaccination. You can book an appointment with the practice nurse online or via reception

Making time for your Health Memberships

on Friday, 15 June 2018. Posted in blog

Making time for your Health Memberships

A Southdowns Private Health Membership is a great way to help protect your health and your family.

Our private GP service will be at your fingertips when you need us - as often as you need us. Registration is free, and our memberships offer you our caring private GPs’ time and attention to ensure you are in the best possible health. Our pay monthly membership offers significant savings for those wishing to access our private GP service on a regular basis.


Included in your membership is an annual 'Making Time For Your Health - Health Check with our fully qualified private GPs. Our members also get exclusive access to ‘as you need them’ urgent same-day appointments.

You will have access to a secure private portal to access all your results online  24/7 and we include free issuing of repeat prescriptions and free referrals to private consultants as and when you need them.

Children and partners can be included in our family membership packages.

Membership options include:

Personal Plan

18-40 yrs

 Personal Plan

40-60 years

Personal Plan 60 + years   Couples Plan Family Plan 
 £35 monthly  £45 monthly £57 monthly  £75 monthly £99 monthly
 5 GP appointments per year 6 GP appointments per year 7 GP appointments per year 8 GP appointments per year 10 GP appointments per year

Call us on 033 022 02000 to find out more or register here

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Making time for your health

At Southdowns we believe that giving our patients time to discuss their health is a critical factor in good health.

Our consultations are unhurried, allowing us to fully explore your concerns and talk through any issues you want to discuss.

Patient Confidentiality

We do not share any information about our clients with anyone else, unless you give expressed permission. Unlike the NHS we operate an “opt-in” policy regarding data sharing, meaning that unless told otherwise we will not share your details with any third parties.