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Women aged 70 to 79 - Information for women who may have missed an invitation to a screen

Some women aged between 70 and 79 are being offered the opportunity for a breast screen. This is because some women did not receive an invitation for a final screen, as part of the routine NHS Breast Screening Programme.

The Breast Screening Programme usually invites women to have a screen once every 3 years when aged between 50 and 70 (up to their 71st birthday). This means women will usually receive their final screen sometime between their 68th and 71st birthdays.

Most women can be reassured that they will have received their final invitation but there are some women, now aged 70 to 79, who have missed an invitation due to a problem that dates back to 2009.

All affected women registered with a GP will receive a letter by the end of May with further information.

A helpline is also available: 0800 169 2692.

For further information please visit https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/breast-cancer-screening/missed-invitations/.

Home Medicine Cabinet

As well as our practice there are many other local NHS Services you can contact for health advice, information and treatment. Before you do, remember that you can treat many minor ailments, such as colds, coughs and indigestion, by keeping a well stocked medicine cabinet at home. The Deepings Practice

We suggest you keep the following:

  • Paracetamol and Aspirin (children under 16 and people with asthma should not take Aspirin)
  • Mild laxatives
  • Anti-diarrhoeal medicines
  • Rehydration mixture
  • Indigestion remedy (for example, antacids)
  • Travel sickness tablets
  • Sunscreen - SPF15 or higher
  • Sunburn treatment
  • Tweezers and sharp scissors
  • Thermometer
  • Selection of plasters, non-absorbent cotton wool, elastic bandages and dressings

Remember:         

  • Keep the medicine chest in a secure, locked place out of the reach of children
  • Always read the instructions and use the suggested dose
  • Watch expiry dates - don't keep or use medicines past their sell-by date
  • Take all unwanted and out of date medicines back to the pharmacy

Your local pharmacist

Your local pharmacist will be able to give you health advice at any time. Many pharmacies operate extended hours on a rota basis. For further information you can call NHS Direct on 0845 46 47 for details.



 
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