New cervical test available to women
WOMEN'S health services are being made widely accessible to women across the Darling Downs through a mobile health clinic.
Experience women's health nurse Kathryn Anning will be visiting towns including Warwick, Allora, Killarney and Stanthorpe throughout February to deliver a range of specialised services.
The mobile clinic aims to make services more available to women, who lead busy lives and are often unable to travel long distances to undergo routine health tests and check ups.
In particular, the clinic will conduct a new cervical screening test that is believed to be 30 per cent more effective at preventing cervical cancer in women.
Women are encouraged to take up the opportunity to protect their health early in the year.
"Cervical cancer is one of the most preventable cancers,” Ms Anning said.
"The test is a simple procedure to check the health of the cervix.
"It looks and feels the same as the pap test, but tests for the human papillomavirus (known as HPV).”
The new cervical screening test replaced the pap test for cervical cancer screening on December 1, 2017.
It is more accurate and needs to be done less often that the pap test, which women were encouraged to take every two years.
"A woman's first cervical screening test is due two years after her last pap test. After that, women will only need to have the test every five years if her results are normal.
"Regular cervical screening is your best protection against cervical cancer.”
Ms Anning also provides a range of other services including breast awareness and sexual health testing as well as advice for issues such as continence, menopause, contraception and general wellbeing.
Upcoming clinics will be held at the following locations:
Warwick Hospital Specialist Clinic (eastern side of the hospital), Wednesday 7 February between 9am and 3pm. Please phone Warwick Hospital outpatients department on 4660 3841 for information and bookings.
Warwick Hospital Specialist Clinic (eastern side of the hospital), Wednesday 21 February between 9am and 3pm. Please phone Warwick Hospital outpatients department on 4660 3841 for information and bookings.
Stanthorpe Health Services, Thursday 8 February between 9am and 3pm. Please phone the Community/Oral Health Centre on 4683 3460 for information and bookings.
Killarney and District Aged Care Facility, Thursday 22 February between 10am and 3pm. Please phone 4664 1488 for information and bookings.
Southern Cross Care Allora, Tuesday, 27 February between 9am and 3pm. Please phone 4666 3171 for information and bookings.