Wow, what a week! I would like to thank all of our blog contributors for taking time out of their busy schedules to share their knowledge, experience and reflections for Cervical Cancer Prevention Week. Furthermore, I would like to thank all of you for your engagement this week. Raising awareness of cervical cancer prevention is… Continue reading Cervical cancer prevention week 2019 – a personal thank you
As I sit down and open my computer on a Monday morning, I have 4 smears booked in for that day, sadly by mid morning two have cancelled and one hasn’t attended. For the woman that has attended it is my chance to make this consultation a positive experience. 1 in 3 women do not… Continue reading A Practice Nurses brief guide to smear taking
“I’m 92, you know?”, a patient says to me as we’re having a dance whilst I’m helping her to get washed and dressed in a less than conventional way. I can barely stand on one leg to put my other into a pair of jeans, and this lady is swinging her hips and singing whilst… Continue reading “I’m 92 you know”
As I have yet to reach the age of 25, I hadn’t had any experience of a smear test. Yes as a sufferer of endometriosis I have had many gynaecological interventions- but not an actual smear, this was alien to me. Through my previous placement at a GP surgery I saw cervical smear tests daily and to… Continue reading What happens during a cervical smear test…it’s not that bad!
When I first qualified as a nurse, after a year consolidating my training on a surgical ward, I accepted a position on a gynaecology ward. I’m afraid I did not enjoy it at all and so, when years later I decided to become a General Practice Nurse (GPN), one of my main concerns was that… Continue reading Cervical Screening – A General Practice Nurse Perspective
Julia Tugwell who was diagnosed with cervical cancer in 2013, shares with us vital information surrounding HPV, how it can be contracted and the consequences - which can lead to cervical cancer. Let’s start with the basics. Over 3,000 women a year are diagnosed with cervical cancer in the UK and around 800 will die.… Continue reading The realities of HPV and cervical cancer