Dr Devyani Shete, who is currently working at Corby Lakeside has recorded a series of informative videos about the cervical screening process.
Dr Shete, who is on a four-month academic placement, has run a survey for local patients to understand their knowledge, issues and concerns around the screening process as part of her research project.
Many patients requested more information and so Dr Shete has recorded six videos covering topics including the frequency of testing, advice for anxious patients and common queries.
Dr Shete said: 'I like to thank everyone who took the time to respond to the initial survey. These videos are intended to be a quick guide for those who wish to know more about the process, results and how to book appointments. Eligible patients at Corby will automatically receive text messages from April, inviting them for an appointment, or else they can contact the practice for their appointment. We are encouraging as many people as possible to take up the invitation for screening and I have also produced a factsheet which patients may find useful.
Introduction to Cervical Screening at Lakeside
What Cervical Screening is, Who can have Screening, How to Book your Appointment
Symptoms of Cervical Cancer
What happens at the Cervical Screening Appointment, What do your Results Mean
Tips if you Struggle with Smear Tests
Answering your questions and comments
There is also a national campaign that has been launched encouraging people to take up their appointments. It has been estimated that in England, cervical screening prevents 70% of cervical cancer deaths and that if everyone attended screening regularly, 83% of cervical cancer deaths could be prevented.