Keeping Healthy

Bowel Cancer Screening

If bowel cancer is detected at an early stage, before symptoms appear, it's easier to treat and there's a better chance of surviving it.

To detect cases of bowel cancer sooner, the NHS offers bowel cancer screening to all men and women aged 60-74.  Every two years, a home test kit is sent directly which can be used to collect a stool sample.  If you are within this group and have not received or mislaid the screening kit, please contact the Bowel Screening Helpline on 0800 707 6060 to request another screening kit to be sent to you free of charge.   If you are 75 or over, you can still ask for this test by calling the Helpline on 0800 707 60 60.  It is extremely important to respond to this screening. 

Please note that screening is for people without symptoms. If you are concerned about any symptoms of bowel cancer, please make a doctor’s appointment to discuss these.

Find out more on NHS Choices...

Cervical Smear Tests

Most of our practice nurses provide a cervical cancer screening service.

The test involves the nurse taking a sample of the cells on the surface of the neck of the womb (the cervix). The sample is then examined under the microscope at the lab.

The aim is to look for and identify cancer warning cells; if these are found then treatment can be organised to prevent cervical cancer ever developing. You should receive your result within 3 weeks of the test.

To have your smear simply book an appointment with the practice nurses.

External Links

NHS Website 

Cervical Screening Information

Counselling and Mental Health

Counselling is a therapy which involves talking through your problems to a counsellor. There are several types of talking therapies and they can be used to treat a number of health conditions including mental health.

External Websites:


Mental Health


Bullying UK


The Royal College of Psychiatrists

Cruse: Bereavement Counselling

Wellbeing Team Hertfordshire

Smoking Cessation

If you’re trying to give up smoking, we can help.  Our nurses and health care assistants have had smoking cessation training and pharmacological treatments for smoking cessation such as nicotine replacement therapy.

Studies show that your chances of success will be greatly improved if you get advice and support from health care professionals to help you stop smoking.

The services we offer from the Practice can:

  • Boost your willpower to stop smoking
  • Concentrate your efforts by getting advice from someone who knows your medical background
  • Help you feel that you’re not doing it alone
  • Help you to cope when you are tempted to smoke
  • Monitor improvements to your health so that you can see the benefits

External Websites:

For more information about quitting smoking visit:
No Smoking Day  - Information to help you to kick the habit.
Gosmokefree - This website contains detailed information about the free NHS support services.
Smoking Cessation - NHS Choices Site – if you smoke, giving up is probably the greatest single step you can take to improve your health.
Quit Org. - Quit is the independent charity whose aim is to save lives by helping smokers to stop.
Smoking Quitters Cost Tool - Calculate the money you will save with NHS Direct quitters cost calculator and plan how to spend it.
ASH - Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) is a campaigning public health charity that works to eliminate the harm caused by tobacco.

Weight Management

If you would like to know more about weight and diet advice, make an appointment to see the practice nurse or health care assistant.

For details of the Slimming World free Weight Management Service for Hertfordshire, in partnership with Oviva, please click here or visit

For further information and advice on weight management, please visit the websites below:

Make your weekly shop healthier with this handy Supermarket Health Checker tool 

Check your BMI 

8 tips for healthy eating