LOCHCARRON MEDICAL PARTNERSHIP
FERGUSON MEDICAL CENTRE
Goodbye & Hello
As some of you may already know, Dr Lorna Macgregor is leaving the area at the end of August.
Dr Macgregor has been here for 4 years but she has decided to go back to Argyll & Bute, where she worked for many years. We are sorry to see her go and wish her well in her new post near Oban.
We are, however, happy to say that we have been extremely fortunate in finding a new GP, Dr Carol Hogan. Dr Hogan moves here at the beginning of October and we very much look forward to welcoming her to join the team at the Ferguson Medical Centre.
The surgery will be closed on Monday 5th August 2019.
If you need urgent medical care while the Practice is closed please call NHS 24 on 111. In a life threatening emergency DIAL 999 and ask for Ambulance.
(please do not contact the local doctors directly)
Normal Practice hours will resume on Tuesday 6th August 2019
Cervical Screening Awareness
Cervical Screening is also known as the “smear test”. The test checks cells from your cervix and looks for any changes so they can be treated or monitored. Without treatment cell changes can develop into cancer.
Who is Offered Testing?
Women between 25-29 years are offered cervical screening every 3 years.
Women between 50-64 years are offered cervical screening every 5 years.
Women under 25 who have already been invited to screening may be invited again before they reach 25.
Some women are offered screening more frequently up to the age of 70.
Why Offer Cervical Screening?
Cervical screening saves around 5,000 lives every year in the UK.
It presents 8 out of 10 cervical cancers developing.
It can pick up changes even when you feel healthy and have no symptoms.
It is the best protection against cervical cancer even if you have been immunised against HPV – the virus which causes cell changes.
We strongly encourage all women in the above age ranges to attend for this very worthwhile screening test. The test is carried out by our Practice Nurse, Michelle Innes, who would be happy to answer any queries or questions you may have.