We hope you all had a relaxing break over the Christmas and New Year period. Most of us at Turn the Corner have had some time off, so we’re feeling refreshed and ready for what 2018 brings.
Tamsin has seen a few cases of Glandular Fever recently. This virus commonly affects adolescents and young adults, but can affect anyone. If you have Glandular Fever reducing the spread of the virus is key! Wash your hands properly, practice good hygiene and don’t share drinks. There is no specific treatment so rest up until you are feeling better.
Turn the Corner welcomes Dr Sameera Bhayat and Dr Barbara Manovel.
Sameera is a fully qualified Australian GP with a special interest in women’s health, children’s health, adolescent health and mental health.
She has undergone further study, holding a Certificate in Sexual Health and Family Planning and is qualified in IUD insertion.
Barbara enjoys the diversity of general practice and helping people to take an active role in managing their health.
She is fluent in Spanish and speaks some French. Her special interest areas are women’s health, geriatrics and minor surgery.
Both Sameera and Barbara are available for consultation starting this week. Appointments can be made online or by contacting reception on 1300 557 502.
For our ladies, below is some important information about cervical cancer screening and what it means for you.
As many of you may be aware, as of December 2017 the 2 yearly Pap Test has been replaced by the new 5 yearly Human Papillomavirus (HPV) DNA test, also known as the Cervical Screening Test.
This new test is collected in the same manner as the previous Pap Test. A sample is taken from the cervix and checked for the presence of the HPV. HPV is the cause of the vast majority of cervical cancer cases.
This new testing method is estimated to reduce cervical cancer rates by a further 20-30%.
If your result is negative for the HPV virus you will be recommended to rescreen in 5 years. If your result is positive for the HPV virus your GP will discuss with you the next steps in your management.
If you are 25 to 74 years old, have a cervix and have ever been sexually active, you should have your first Cervical Screening Test two years after your last Pap Test. This includes people vaccinated and unvaccinated for HPV as well as people who identify as lesbian or transgender.
If you are turning 25 and have never had a Pap Test before, in most circumstances you will need a Cervical Screening Test. If you are unsure please speak to your GP.
If you have abnormal symptoms at any age, such as vaginal bleeding, pain or discharge, you should discuss these with your GP as soon as possible.