We are here to provide advice and screening around all areas of sexual health. E.g.
Are you planning a family? We can help you obtain optimum health for conception and continue to support you during your pregnancy.
Breast screening is when a mammogram is performed on a woman with no obvious breast symptoms.
The aim of breast screening is to find breast cancer early which gives you a better chance to fight it. If you are aged 45-69 years you can register with Breast Screen Aotearoa for free 2 yearly mammograms.
To make an appointment for your mammogram contact Breast Screen Aotearoa on 0800 270 200, or txt ‘breastscreen’ to 4040. Alternatively you can book an appointment with your doctor for a breast examination and they will refer you for a mammogram.
Possible signs of breast cancer are:
While these signs may not be cancer, you need to have them checked by your doctor.
All women who have ever been sexually active should have regular cervical smear tests between the ages 20 – 70 years of age.
Being part of the National Cervical Screening Programme and having cervical smear tests every three years can prevent cervical cancer. A cervical smear test shows if there are abnormal changes in cells on the surface of the cervix.
At the time of a consultation your weight and blood pressure is recorded as part of ongoing care.
This is often a good time to discuss any sexual health or contraception related issues.
HIV [human immunodeficiency virus) is a virus that affects the body's ability to fight infection. It can lead to AIDS (acquired immunodeficiency syndrome) if left undetected and untreated.
The number of people with HIV in New Zealand is low. However that number is increasing and so all pregnant women are being offered an HIV test as part of their antenatal care. A woman with HIV can pass the virus on to others including her baby during pregnancy, birth or through breastmilk.
The HIV test will be done at the same time as other routine antenatal blood tests )blood group and Rhesus factor, full blood count, hepatitis B, rubella and syphilis). One sample of blood can be used for all the tests.
All of these tests are free to most women.
We have used the services of Family Doctors’ at Smales since 2011. They have provided us with pre-employment screening for our clinical staff as well as on-site Flu vaccinations. Having the vaccinations on site makes it easier for our staff to participate in the annual vaccination programme.
The doctors have also provided us with an in depth occupational health assessment where privacy of the individual was fully respected and the employee made a safe and early return to work.
Chris Mak - Hospice North Shore