Childhood Immunisation Programme
Routine vaccinations are offered free of charge on the NHS to all babies & children in the UK, most of which are administered here at the surgery.
For details of the vaccinations and when they are given visit:
NHS Choices - Childhood Immunisation Programme
Since 2008 girls aged 12-13 have been vaccinated against human pappilloma virus (HPV), also known as the cervical cancer jab. The programme is delivered largely through secondary schools, and consists of three injections that are given over a six month period.
What is Human Pappilloma virus (HPV)?
Human papilloma virus (HPV) is the name of a family of viruses that affect the skin and the moist membranes that line your body, such as those in your cervix, anus, mouth and throat. These membranes are called the mucosa.
There are more than 100 different types of HPV viruses, with about 40 types affecting the genital area. These are classed as high risk and low risk.
How do you get HPV?
Types of HPV that affect the skin can be passed on by skin contact with an affected person. The types of HPV that affect the mouth and throat can be passed on through kissing. Genital HPV is usually spread through intimate, skin to skin, contact during sex. You can have the genital HPV virus for years and not have any sign of it.
How can HPV cause cervical cancer?
Most HPV infections are harmless or cause genital warts, however some types can cause cervical cancer. Most HPV infections clear up by themselves, but in some cases the infection can last a long time. HPV infects the cells of the surface of the cervix where it can stay for many years without you knowing.
The HPV virus can damage these cells leading to changes in their appearance. Over time, these changes can develop into cervical cancer. The purpose of cervical screening (smear tests) is to detect these changes, which, if picked up early enough, can be treated to prevent cancer happening. If they are left untreated, cancer can develop and may lead to serious illness and death.
Health For Teens
A new website has been developed by school nurses and over 80 young people from Leicestershire's secondary schools to support teens with their mental and physical health and wellbeing. It features interactive content, films and quizzes. It covers topics including exam stress, anger management, spots, alcohol, relationships and much more. Please follow the link to view the site www.healthforteens.co.uk
Both men and women need to look after their sexual health and take time to understand the issues that surround contraception and sexually transmitted infections (STI's).
Sex & Young People
NHS Guide to the questions you may have about sex.
Sexually Transmitted Infections
Issues, symptoms and treatments
FPA - The Sexual Health Charity
Sexual health advice and information on sexually transmitted infections, contraception, pregnancy and abortion.
Contraceptive & GUM Services:
St Peter's Health Centre, Sparkenhoe Street, Leicester, LE2 0TA - Tel: 0116 295 7800
Loughborough Health Centre, Pinfold Gate, Loughborough, LE11 1DQ - Tel: 0844 477 1881
We offer many forms of contraception here at the surgery which include:
- FREE Condoms
- Oral contraceptive pill
- Contraceptive injection
- Intrauterine device (IUD) also known as 'The Coil'
- Emergency contraception
Make an appointment to discuss which form of contraception is right for you.
For more information: NHS Choices - contraception
Chlamydia is a commonly diagnosed sexually transmitted infection among the under 25's. Often there are no symptoms, but testing and treatment are simple.
Chlamydia trachomatis is a bacteria, which is found in the semen and vaginal fluids of men and women who have the infection. Chlamydia is easily passed from one person to another through sexual contact. Anyone who is sexually active can get it and pass it on. You don't need to have lots of sexual partners.
To get tested telephone:
Please call 0800 318 908 or 0300 124 0102 for more information and appointments, phone lines are available:
- Free home testing kits are available at www.fillthepot.info
Contraceptive or GUM Services (St Peters Health Centre, Sparkenhoe Street, Leicester, LE2 0TA, or Loughborough Health Centre, Pinfold Gate, Loughborough, LE11 1DQ).
For more information: NHS Choices - focus on Chlamydia
Post Termination Counselling
Would you like to talk to someone following a termination?
If you are 13 - 18 years and experiencing emotions like relief, guilt, grief, anger or feeling sadness, you are not alone.
Friendly support is available over the phone or in person for young females and their partners. All sessions are free and confidential.
Please contact relate on 0116 254 3011 for further details.
Smoking, advice and helping you quit
Quit 51 offer a smoking cessation service at the surgery; please contact Quit 51 for more information and to make an appointment Tel: 0800 622 6968
Smokefree is a NHS service to inform everyone of the dangers of smoking, the benefits of giving up and how they can help you give up.
NHS Choices - Stop Smoking Widget
Download the widget to your desktop for daily messages of motivation to stay smokefree, keeps track of how much money you are saving and how many days since your last cigarette.