Thursday, 27 June 2024

The Living Well Bus is coming to Southport and Formby with a Cervical Screening drop in Service

Get Your Smear Done Right Here!

Download the flyer for this service here.

Southport and Formby town centres are welcoming a trial of an important new initiative throughout July, aimed at enhancing women's health: Cervical Screening on the Living Well bus. This innovative service offers a convenient and accessible way for women to receive their cervical screening, also known as a smear test, without the need for an appointment.

Dates and Locations

The Living Well bus will be stationed at various locations throughout July. Here's where and when you can find it:

  • Southport:
    • Outside 12 Church Street (next to St Marks Medical Centre):
      • Tuesday, 2nd July (1pm-6:30pm)
      • Friday, 5th July (10:30am-4pm)
    • Chapel Street (outside Caffé Nero):
      • Tuesdays, 9th, 16th, and 23rd July (1pm-6:30pm)
      • Fridays, 12th, 19th, and 26th July (10:30am-4pm)
  • Formby:
    • Waitrose Carpark:
      • Saturdays, 13th and 27th July (10:30am-4pm)

Why Cervical Screening is Important

Cervical screening is an important procedure that helps prevent cervical cancer. It's not a test to diagnose cancer but rather a preventive measure. During the screening, a sample of cells is taken from the cervix using a soft plastic brush. This sample is then tested for high-risk HPV, the virus responsible for most cervical cancers. If HPV is found, the cells are further checked for any changes that could potentially develop into cancer.

What to Expect

The service is straightforward and respectful. Upon arrival, each participant will have a consultation where the procedure is explained. The screening itself is quick and conducted by female NHS staff. The Living Well bus aims to make cervical screening as accessible as possible, allowing women who are due or overdue for their test to drop in without prior booking.

A Collaborative Effort

This initiative is a pilot program run by Southport and Formby Primary Care Network (PCN) in partnership with the Cheshire and Wirral Partnership. The goal is to increase the number of women getting screened by providing a flexible and convenient option outside of traditional healthcare settings.

Encouraging Participation

By making cervical screening more accessible, it helps protect women from the risk of cervical cancer. If you're due or overdue for your cervical screening, take advantage of this opportunity. Drop by the Living Well bus at any of the listed times and locations to get screened. No appointment is necessary, and you can benefit from a professional and supportive environment.

For more information on cervical screening, visit the Eve Appeal website here.

Remember, cervical screening can save lives. It’s a simple step to protect your health, and the Living Well bus is here to make it easier than ever.

Join us in celebrating this initiative and help spread the word to ensure every woman in Southport and Formby can benefit from this essential service.