Call for women to attend their screenings

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A GP practice is urging women to take cervical screenings seriously.

Dr Marjorie Gillespie is primary care medical director at Care UK, which is contracted by Portsmouth Health to run Guildhall Walk Healthcare Centre.

Care UK says 20 per cent of women are ignoring their cervical screening invitations and Dr Gillespie says this is far too high a figure and wants to use Cervical Screening Awareness Week this week to encourage women who have received their screening invitation to make an appointment with the practice nurse.

She said: ‘Being screened regularly means any abnormal changes in the cells of the cervix can be identified at an early stage and treated to stop cancer developing.

‘Detection and treatment can prevent up to 75 per cent of cervical cancers.’

Guildhall Walk Healthcare Centre is open from 8am to 8pm every day for walk-in patients and further information about registering as a patient with Guildhall Walk Healthcare Centre can be obtained on (023) 9280 8539.