Penzance health centre holds Cornwall's first Women's Health morning

A Penzance health centre is opening its doors at the weekend especially for mums and working women who would not normally have the time for health checks.

Doctors and nurses from the Alverton Practice and Rosemellyn Surgery, based at the St Clare Medical Centre, on Saturday (January 18), will offer advice and raise awareness about the importance of cervical cancer screening, contraception and hormone replacement therapy (HRT). Any woman who is overdue a cervical screening (smear test) can also come along, with no appointment needed, for a test.

The is the first Women’s Health morning organised by a GP surgery in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly and it takes place ahead of Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust’s annual campaign Cervical Cancer Prevention Week (20-26 January).

Tracey Hembrough, advanced practitioner/nurse partner at St Clare Medical Centre, said: “Looking after children and/or working can make it difficult to attend appointments.”

The medical centre offers Saturday appointments once a month but this is the first time it has opened at the weekend offering drop-in sessions dedicated solely to women’s health.

She said: “During the morning we will have enough colleagues to look after the children while their mums attend the drop-in. We’ve also designed it as a drop-in session so that the morning fits in with the normal routine.

“We’re really excited  about it and hope that it is the start of many more to come covering different topics in the future – not just women’s health. On Saturday, however, women with any type of health concerns can discuss it with a doctor or nurse.”

Tracey added: “We will also have enough doctors and nurses available to make sure that there is enough time to talk anyone who has anxiety or its their first time having a smear test to talk them."

Approximately 80 percent of women in west Cornwall have had a cervical screening, in line with the national target.

“We are doing quite well but what we would like to achieve is to be above the national average", she added.

Practice staff also teamed up with breast cancer awareness charity CoppaFeel in readiness for the morning. Invitation letters to the morning have also been sent out and appointments are available for women who are only available at a particular time. To make an appointment call 01736 363741.