North Central London CCG would like to reassure you that the NHS is open for you during the coronavirus pandemic, so if you are worried about any unusual symptoms you may be experiencing that could be cancer, please contact your doctor.
You may be offered a telephone or video consultation instead of a face-to-face one, and you will only be asked to come to your GP practice or go to a hospital if it is safe to do so. Chances are it is nothing serious, but finding cancer early makes it more treatable.
Cervical screenings are still taking place during this time, but we would like to provide reassurance that your local GP practice will be taking additional steps to keep you safe while you get your cervical screening test. Your nurse will be wearing protective clothing, such as disposable gloves, a mask and an apron.
If you have been invited for your cervical screening test, contact your local GP practice and book your appointment.
Cancer screening for people with learning disabilities – video and pack
A wonderful video on cancer screenings for people with learning disabilities – made for and by patients with learning disabilities – has been produced which focuses on breast, bowel, and cervical cancers.
The video has also been cut into smaller chunks regarding the individual cancer screening information as a more helpful way to access the video (please note that it is just a cut – so does not have the polish of the full version).
- Breast Screening section: https://youtu.be/HWRg_v-nolM
- Bowel Screening section: https://youtu.be/2TpzUtdYdnU
- Cervical Screening section: https://youtu.be/uzbDsey_or4
It is aimed at patients, family carers and services which support people with learning disabilities. The film shows people what cancer is, how screening helps people to get an earlier diagnosis, and how treatment and can save lives.
The film features a cast with learning disabilities and health professionals and illustrates why people don’t take up the chance of screening and how they can confidently use the screening services. It shows too what families and paid staff can do to support people with learning disabilities, providing them with information, reassurance, and encouragement.
A package of support has also been developed to help increase the take up of cancer screening by people with learning disabilities which consists of a 20-minute film, Easyread materials and a questionnaire.
The project was produced by Barnet Mencap and funded by NCL Cancer Alliance and commissioned by Barnet’s Public Health Team and is intended for patients who live in Barnet, Camden, Islington, Enfield and Haringey.
To access the package now, including the video, questionnaire and further resources, head to https://www.barnetmencap.org.uk/cancerscreeningpack/