Women's Health


Smear Tests

Regular Cervical Cytology, more commonly known as ‘Smear testing’ is encouraged. If you have any comments or concerns please do not hesitate to make an appointment to discuss them with either a nurse or a doctor.

Smear tests are available every 3 years for those aged between 25 and 49 years and every 5 years for those aged 50 to 64 years. Women aged 65+ are only screened if their last 3 tests included an abnormal result. Smear tests are usually booked with the Practice nurses.

For more information on the cervical screening programme please visit the NHS Cervical Screening website. The test is designed to look for any abnormal changes on the cervix before cancer develops, when any problems can be easily treated.

After your smear the results will take 6-8 weeks to come back and the results will always be sent to your home address by the screening programme.

Coil Fitting & Contraceptive Implants

Our practice will shortly be providing these services so please check back on this website for updates or contact us by telephone.

In the meantime if you wish to attend your local Family Planning Clinic for fitting or advice please visit the Family Planning Association's website for further information on your local clinics and opening times.

www.fpa.org.uk

Emergency Contraception

If you have had sex without using contraception, or think your contraception might have failed, there are two types of emergency contraception you can use. Emergency pills must be taken within 72hours (3 days) and are available at any NHS walk-in centre or family planning clinic and at hundreds of participating chemists. Alternatively an IUD must be fitted within 5 days at your local family planning clinic.

Any person requesting emergency contraception is to attend the local prescribing pharmacy.

Information guide leaflets on emergency contraception are available from our reception desk free of charge.

Click here to download our Contraception Leaflet.

For useful websites please see the 'Family Planning / Contraception / Sexual Health' section.

Preconception Counselling

This Practice offers preconception counselling and advice to any patient who wishes to prepare for having a family and plans to optimise their health in order to achieve healthy parenting and a healthy baby. The nursing team offer a standard well person check, which can form a useful part of this complete package. We also offer advice to any patient with questions and concerns about their fertility.

If you are worried you may be having difficulty getting pregnant we can offer counselling and can take a history and start appropriate tests. We try to see both partners and couples are encouraged to approach the problem together and must understand that they will both need investigation. We also ensure prompt and appropriate referral and advice on local services available in secondary for investigation and treatment if required.

A normal appointment with the Doctor is given in the first instance. It may be necessary for you to return with their partner, if so, on this occasion, a 20 minute appointment can be given.

Antenatal Clinics

Our Community Midwives Sister Helen Moore and Sister Lyndsay Wyatt are available to provide help and advice throughout your pregnancy and delivery.

If you have just found you are pregnant congratulations! For advice please make an appointment to see your GP for a basic check-up and book in to see one of our midwives for more in depth discussion about planning your pregnancy care.

You may have lots of questions about your pregnancy and this page is designed to help answer your queries, to help you decide on the type of maternity care you would like to receive and help explain why it sometimes becomes necessary to change your plan in the best interest of both you and your baby. At the start of pregnancy you may choose one pathway but you are free to change this at any time. You will be able to discuss these plans with your midwife or obstetrician as your pregnancy progresses to help you make informed choices about your care.

During your pregnancy we can offer a variety of parenting classes and exercise classes (such as aquanatal). Please ask your midwife for details.

Antenatal Options

We provide a safe, flexible approach to maternity care, which is shared locally with Trafford, Bolton and Salford Royal Hospitals, depending on your preferred choice.

Antenatal care can be carried out in the community and in the hospital. There are antenatal hospital clinics available for pregnancies requiring specialist care and early pregnancy support, day care and inpatient services are also available at the local hospital.

Click here for information about birthing options

Postnatal Care

Postnatal care is provided wherever you choose to have your baby. If your baby is born in hospital, they prefer all baby’s to have been examined before transfer home. This examination can be undertaken between 6 and 72 hours following birth. We encourage and support breast feeding as the preferred method of feeding your baby. Your postnatal care transfers to the community midwife following transfer home.

Your GP will normally see you at about six weeks post-delivery to discuss any concerns, answer any questions you may have and discuss matters such as contraception.

Breast Screening

All of the doctors at The Sides are happy to discuss any concerns about breast disease, the screening programme or any changes from the normal appearance or feel of their breasts. It is important to know what changes to look for and report any changes without delay.

For further advice please click here for the NHS Choices Breast Screening section