Screening Programs

Cervical Cancer Screening

Available to all women with a cervix aged 25 – 64.

  • Patients aged 25-54 will automatically receive an invitation every 3 years.
  • Patients aged 55-64 will automatically receive an invitation every 5 years.

The first two invitation letters in a cycle are automatically generated; the first 6 weeks before your smear is due, and a second to non-responders 18 weeks later. The surgery will send a third and final invitation a further 14 weeks later. If you do not want a smear, please do not just throw your invitation in the bin; please help to save us time by letting us know as soon as possible – by telling us you won’t receive another letter for 3 or 5 years.

If you have received a letter in the previous 3 or 5 years – but ignored it – you are still eligible for a smear. Please speak to Reception to book.

If you have had a smear test in the previous 3 or 5 years, you are not yet eligible for a repeat smear. Any tests which do slip through at the surgery will be rejected by the laboratory without being tested.

Breast Cancer Screening

Available to women aged 50 or over.

  • Women over the age of 50 will automatically receive an invitation every 3 years
  • Women over the age of 71 can self-refer once every 3 years by contacting the NNUH screening team on 01603 287777

Bowel Cancer Screening

Available to men and women aged 55 or over.

  • Patients aged 55 will be automatically invited for a one-off bowel scope screening test.
  • Patients aged 60-74 will be automatically invited every 2 years to do use a home testing kit which is then sent off for analysis.
  • Patients over the age of 75 can continue to use a home testing kit every 2 years by contacting the national bowel cancer screening helpline on 0800 7076060.

Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Screening

Available to men aged 65 or over.

  • Men over the age of 65 who have not received a screening invitation can request to be screened by contacting the Norfolk & Norwich screening team on 01603 288218

Diabetic Eye Screening

All patients with diabetes will be automatically invited annually for diabetic retinopathy screening. This recall is coordinated by the Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital. The hospital automatically extracts information from the surgery to invite patients. Local screening clinics are held annually at both Holt Medical Practice and Melton Constable surgery.