Prostate Cancer Screening

on Friday, 13 April 2018. Posted in blog

Prostate Cancer Screening

Prostate Cancer Screening


Prostate cancer is the most common cancer amongst men and causes 10 000 deaths in the UK every year. 40,000 new cases are diagnosed each year and one in eight men in the UK will develop prostate cancer. Although the exact causes are unknown, a man with a first degree relative with prostate cancer e.g. brother or father is likely to be at a slightly higher risk of contracting this disease themselves. However, if caught early and treated appropriately, the recovery rates are extremely good. There is currently no screening programme for prostate cancer in the UK.

Where is your prostate?
Only men have a prostate gland. It sits under the bladder, surrounding the urethra and is the size of a walnut although it does get bigger with age.
Who is at risk
Men over 50 are more at risk than young men and men with a first-degree relative who has had prostate cancer are slightly more at risk of developing it.

What are the symptoms of prostate cancer?

There are generally no symptoms of prostate cancer in it’s earliest stages as it surrounds your urethra, however, once it grows it can affect the way you urinate, so men that experience changes in urination should seek medical advice from their doctor. Possible symptoms include:

  • needing to urinate more frequently, often during the night
  • needing to rush to the toilet
  • difficulty in starting to pee (hesitancy)
  • straining or taking a long time while urinating
  • weak flow
  • feeling that your bladder has not emptied fully
How is it diagnosed?

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans are particularly effective in identifying soft-tissue cancers, such as prostate, as the magnetic resonance uses the properties of the soft tissue itself to create the detail in the image. Because the MRI uses strong magnets you will be asked if you have any implants in your body which could be attracted to the magnets.

By combining an MRI scan with a blood test to check Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) levels, we can offer a highly effective screen for this disease. Please note that the blood test on its own is not effective as false positives can be caused by other issues such as a urinary tract infection or inflammation of the prostate.

At Southdowns Private Healthcare our doctors can help to screen for early signs of prostate cancer or to assess you for any concerns you may have about cancer and your health. To learn more about our cancer screening services, or to book an appointment, call us on 01243 766 447.

Do I need a Flu vaccine?

on Wednesday, 11 October 2017. Posted in blog

2017 Flu Vaccines are available in Emsworth and Boxgrove, Chichester NOW

Do I need a Flu vaccine?

In our opinion everyone needs a flu vaccine – flu vaccines are a great way to stay healthy over the autumn and winter period. The influenza virus can be a lethal disease and should be avoided accordingly. By having a flu jab you are not only protecting yourself but protecting those around you as well. Your family, friends and colleagues will all thank you from keeping flu at bay this year.


Chicken Pox Vaccination - waiting list

on Tuesday, 04 April 2017. Posted in blog

Chicken Pox Vaccination

Chicken Pox Vaccination

WAITING LIST (please click to join waiting list)

There is currently a national shortage of the chicken pox vaccine and we are unable to start new courses at present.

Please do not call us regarding chicken pox vaccine as we are unable to book any new vaccinations at present. If you complete the online form you will be added to the waiting list immediately.

More information?

We have no further information at present regarding supplies but by joining the waiting list we will send updates regarding expected start dates when we hear by email.

If you wish to be informed when we have further supply please add your details to the waitig list.

If you have more than 1 child requiring the vaccine please complete the form for each child.

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.