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  • Breast screening | HSC Public Health Agency
    children or other dependents and consider whether you want to bring a companion If the appointment doesn t suit you phone the breast screening unit and arrange to attend at a different time Increasing the number of women who participate in breast screening is vital in reducing the number of women dying from breast cancer In Northern Ireland women aged 50 to 70 are invited to attend every three years However about 25 of women invited do not attend for screening There are a variety of reasons why some women may not attend including the way the programme is organised poor communication or to individual factors personal circumstances A well organised system for inviting women to attend for breast screening improves uptake In Northern Ireland we have had a good call and recall computer system operating for many years This system is called the National Breast Screening System NBSS In order to be able to produce invitation letters it needs to be able to identify women who are aged 50 70 and have up to date contact information Until recently this information was cross checked manually with the information held by GPs In November 2010 an electronic link was established between NBSS and the computer system that supports primary care The link means that the most up to date contact details are now readily available to the breast screening programme The whole process of course depends on the GP computer system being completely accurate A series of information leaflets is available on the publications section of this website by clicking here For more information on breast screening please also see www cancerscreening hscni net The Breast Screening programme has produced a video to show what happens when women attend their appointment for a mammogram To view the video click here

    Original URL path: http://www.publichealthagency.org/directorate-public-health/service-development-and-screening/breast-screening (2016-02-11)
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  • Bowel cancer screening | HSC Public Health Agency
    improves outcomes for those with the disease which will save approximately 60 lives a year The programme was announced in April 2010 and implementation has been rolled out across Northern Ireland on a phased basis As of January 2012 bowel screening is now in place across all Health and Social Care Trusts and from April 2014 will also be extended to the age of 74 Bowel cancer screening is the third cancer based screening programme in Northern Ireland following breast cancer and cervical cancer screening It is the first cancer screening programme in Northern Ireland to include men The bowel cancer screening programme involves the use of a home testing kit to collect a sample of bowel motion Completed tests kits are returned to a laboratory which looks for traces of blood in the sample Blood indicates that further investigations usually a colonoscopy are required The Northern Ireland Bowel Cancer Screening Programme is supported by a comprehensive communications plan which encourages participation through an integrated programme of public relations a mass multi media campaign that includes television radio and press For further information on bowel cancer screening please see Bowel cancer screening programme awareness campaign Radio advertisement Bowel cancer screening programme awareness campaign Television advertisement Bowel cancer screening how to take the test Bowel cancer screening the repeat test Bowel cancer screening the next step Bowel cancer screening the facts Print Facebook Twitter Service Development and Screening News Publications Screening Abdominal aortic aneurysm AAA screening Antenatal screening Breast screening Bowel cancer screening About bowel cancer Why screen for bowel cancer How do I do the screening test Frequently Asked Questions Cervical cancer screening Diabetic retinopathy screening Newborn screening Farm Families Group B Streptococcus and pregnancy NIMACH NICORE Commissioning teams Northern Ireland Cerebral Palsy Register Northern Ireland Cancer Registry Site menu

    Original URL path: http://www.publichealthagency.org/directorate-public-health/service-development-and-screening/bowel-cancer-screening (2016-02-11)
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  • Cervical cancer screening | HSC Public Health Agency
    are constantly working to improve the quality of the programme and ensure it is as effective as possible During this time women aged 20 64 have been invited for screening every five years However as further research has been carried out it has become increasingly evident that screening women under the age of 25 is likely to do more harm than good The screening test often known as a smear test looks for abnormal changes in the cells which line the cervix These abnormal changes may go on to develop into cancer if left untreated However in some cases particularly young women the body s immune system will return the cells to normal by themselves rendering them harmless Cervical cancer is very rare in women under 25 with only one or two cases occurring each year in Northern Ireland Young women who are screened are more likely to have an abnormal screening test result and undergo further tests and treatments that they do not need Unnecessary treatment can cause significant anxiety and in some cases lead to a higher risk of premature birth in future pregnancies In light of this evidence the Department of Health Social Services and Public Safety announced in July 2010 that the age range and interval for the cervical screening programme would change from January 2011 The new policy means that women aged 25 49 will be invited for screening every three years and those aged 50 64 every five years Print Facebook Twitter Service Development and Screening News Publications Screening Abdominal aortic aneurysm AAA screening Antenatal screening Breast screening Bowel cancer screening Cervical cancer screening Diabetic retinopathy screening Newborn screening Farm Families Group B Streptococcus and pregnancy NIMACH NICORE Commissioning teams Northern Ireland Cerebral Palsy Register Northern Ireland Cancer Registry Site menu Home About Directorates

    Original URL path: http://www.publichealthagency.org/directorate-public-health/service-development-and-screening/cervical-cancer-screening (2016-02-11)
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  • Newborn screening | HSC Public Health Agency
    a small soft tipped earpiece in the outer part of a baby s ear to send clicking sounds to the inner ear Using a computer the person carrying out the test can see how the baby s inner ear responds to sound If normal responses are not found the infant is referred to audiology services for diagnostic tests and further follow up Newborn blood spot screening In the first week after birth all babies in Northern Ireland are offered screening for a range of inherited conditions including phenylketonuria PKU congenital hypothyroidism CHT cystic fibrosis CF medium chain acyl coA dehydrogenase deficiency MCADD and sickle cell disorders SCD This is often referred to as the heel prick test Most babies screened will not have any of these conditions but for the small number who do the benefits of screening are substantial The programme makes a major contribution to the prevention of disability and death in our community through early diagnosis and effective interventions Newborn blood spot screening is a complex programme involving a wide range of services from highly specialised laboratories through to individual staff in the community and in hospitals working closely together The Public Health Agency and partner organisations are responsible for ensuring that the population has access to safe effective high quality and equitable screening programmes As part of this function for newborn blood spot screening the Northern Ireland programme participates in a national UK system of quality assurance and performance management For further information click here Print Facebook Twitter Service Development and Screening News Publications Screening Abdominal aortic aneurysm AAA screening Antenatal screening Breast screening Bowel cancer screening Cervical cancer screening Diabetic retinopathy screening Newborn screening Farm Families Group B Streptococcus and pregnancy NIMACH NICORE Commissioning teams Northern Ireland Cerebral Palsy Register Northern Ireland Cancer Registry Site

    Original URL path: http://www.publichealthagency.org/directorate-public-health/service-development-and-screening/newborn-screening (2016-02-11)
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  • Screening
    following screening programmes Abdominal aortic aneurysm AAA screening 1 Antenatal screening 2 Breast screening 3 Bowel cancer screening 4 Cervical cancer screening 5 Diabetic retinopathy screening 6 Newborn screening 7 Farm families health checks programme 8 2011 Public Health Agency Designed and produced by the Public Health Agency Source URL http www publichealthagency org directorate public health service development and screening screening Links 1 http www publichealth hscni net directorate

    Original URL path: http://www.publichealthagency.org/print/746 (2016-02-11)
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  • Abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) screening | HSC Public Health Agency
    throughout the rest of Northern Ireland The aim of the AAA screening programme is to reduce AAA related mortality by providing systematic population based screening using a simple ultrasound scan There is evidence of a significant reduction 45 in mortality from AAA in those men aged between 65 and 79 years who undergo ultrasound screening Men older than 65 years will be able to opt into the programme and request screening through the central screening office There is also evidence of the long term cost effectiveness of AAA screening in men and further evidence that the early mortality benefit from screening is maintained The items available for download here were part of the professional information packs sent out to all GPs GP practice managers and pharmacies prior to the launch of the programme Please note that pharmacies received a copy of the AAA screening invitation leaflet but not the three results leaflets Professional information pack materials to download AAA screening invitation leaflet pdf Small AAA result leaflet pdf Medium AAA result leaflet pdf Large AAA result leaflet pdf AAA Poster pdf AAA screening information for professionals pdf AAA screening FAQs pdf The invitation leaflet is sent out to all eligible men with the letter inviting them to screening The results leaflets are for men diagnosed with a small medium or large AAA The relevant result leaflet will be given to screened men directly after their scan The poster was sent out to all GPs GP practice managers and pharmacies in the run up to the launch of the programme as a means of raising awareness The information sheet outlines the structure of the programme the screening process and the primary care that follows for those men diagnosed with an AAA It also highlights the risk factors and has stats on

    Original URL path: http://www.publichealthagency.org/directorate-public-health/service-development-and-screening/abdominal-aortic-aneurysm-aaa-screening (2016-02-11)
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  • Diabetic Eye Screening also known as Diabetic Retinopathy Screening | HSC Public Health Agency
    is identified early for example through retinal screening and treated appropriately blindness can be prevented in the majority of people with diabetes A Diabetic Eye Screening Programme DESP has been developed to achieve coverage across Northern Ireland Screening is offered to all eligible people with diabetes aged 12 years and over The DESP regional centre is based in Belfast Trust but screening is carried out across Northern Ireland at GP practices and static sites Primary care practices have registers of patients with diabetes the information from these registers is used to identify the people who need to be invited for screening If you are eligible for screening you will be invited at least annually to contact us to make an appointment The appointment office is at Belfast HSC Trust and can be contacted on 028 9504 4449 Print Facebook Twitter Service Development and Screening News Publications Screening Abdominal aortic aneurysm AAA screening Antenatal screening Breast screening Bowel cancer screening Cervical cancer screening Diabetic retinopathy screening Newborn screening Farm Families Group B Streptococcus and pregnancy NIMACH NICORE Commissioning teams Northern Ireland Cerebral Palsy Register Northern Ireland Cancer Registry Site menu Home About Directorates News Publications Contracts Consultations Webcasts Links Contact Legal

    Original URL path: http://www.publichealthagency.org/directorate-public-health/service-development-and-screening/diabetic-eye-screening-also-known-diabet (2016-02-11)
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  • Farm Families Health Checks Programme | HSC Public Health Agency
    a portable clinic and from local community settings This innovative project consists of a mobile unit which will be available at local markets and community events across Northern Ireland to offer on the spot health checks consisting of Blood Pressure monitoring BMI cholesterol check and diabetic screening In addition individual lifestyle advice will be given on a range of health issues and onward referral completed to local support services as required For more information including the schedule of where the screening van will be visiting please contact Elaine Catterson Tel 028 2563 5573 Email health promotion2 northerntrust hscni net Downloads Preview Attachment Size Farm family leaflet pdf 422 14 KB Print Facebook Twitter Directorates Public Health Health Protection Health and Social Wellbeing Improvement Service Development and Screening News Publications Screening Abdominal aortic aneurysm AAA screening Antenatal screening Breast screening Bowel cancer screening Cervical cancer screening Diabetic retinopathy screening Newborn screening Farm Families Group B Streptococcus and pregnancy NIMACH NICORE Commissioning teams Northern Ireland Cerebral Palsy Register Northern Ireland Cancer Registry HSC Research and Development Professional Medical Issues Public Health Annual Research and Practice Conferences Nursing and Allied Health Professions Operations Site menu Home About Directorates News Publications Contracts Consultations Webcasts

    Original URL path: http://www.publichealthagency.org/farm-families-health-checks-programme (2016-02-11)
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