Cervical cancer can be prevented. This week (21 - 27 January 2019) we’re supporting Cervical Cancer Prevention Week and raising awareness of the importance of attending your cervical screening when invited (also known as the smear test).
Cervical screening only takes around five minutes, but it could be the most important appointment you make this year. Smear tests prevent 75% of cervical cancers and regular cervical screening is the best way to identify abnormal changes in the cells of the cervix at an early stage. Find out more.
If you haven’t had your flu jab yet, there is still time. Having the flu jab is a really important way of helping you, and those around you, stay well this winter.
The injected flu vaccine is offered free of charge on the NHS to people who are at risk. This is to help protect them against catching flu and developing serious complications. Find out more about who should have the flu jab.
With the festive season fast approaching, local doctors want to help make sure you know about the Southampton health services here to help you over the Christmas holidays.
Local GP and Chair of NHS Southampton City Clinical Commissioning Group, Dr Mark Kelsey, said: "We all know the lead up to Christmas is busy, and we might not be thinking about our health as we get ready for the holidays, so we hope these simple tips will help you know about the services and support available here in Southampton.”
Details of pharmacies open in Southampton over the Christmas and New Year bank holidays are available on our website - Southampton Christmas and New Year pharmacy opening times 2018-19.
Opening times are provided by the pharmacies and are correct at the time of publishing but are subject to change. So if you do need to visit a pharmacy over a bank holiday please call ahead to check they are open and have the medicine you need.
If you need medical help or advice over the bank holiday weekend and aren't sure where to go, phone 111. The NHS 111 service is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and calls are free from landlines and mobiles. The 111 team can find the right local service for you, including out of hours GP appointments and emergency dentists.
A project to make better use of the Royal South Hants Hospital and the Western Community Hospitals has received national support with news of £15.83 million of government funding coming to Southampton