Health screening is an important check-up for men and women of all ages, to get on top of things before they become an issue. Throughout the year, our team supports and holds events that focus on Cervical Screening, Bowel Screening, and Breast Screening.
HOW WE CAN HELP
It’s normal for people to feel whakamā/shy about having a health screening. Our team is here to awhi and encourage those who are unsure and/or overdue for their health screening appointment. We can help with transport, assistance to make a booking, plus we can provide extra information and advice for whānau if they need it.
So if you or someone you know is due for a health screening and may be little apprehensive, or need some advice or information please give our Manaaki te Whānau team a call on 0800 775 001, we are here to help.
What is involved in the different health screenings?
B4 SCHOOL CHECKS
B4 School Checks are a free health and development check for 4-year olds and is the last Well Child Tamariki Ora check. This check helps give your child the best start at school.
About the B4 School Check
It’s a good idea for your child to have their B4 School Check as soon as they turn 4. That leaves enough time for your child to get any help needed before they start school.
If your child has turned 4, they are due for their B4 School Check now. If you are yet to hear from your local B4SC it’s important you contact them to make a booking.
Find out more about how we can help you book your child in to complete their B4 School check HERE
Bowel screening can help save lives by finding bowel cancer at an early stage which can often be successfully treated. Further investigation can also detect polyps (growths). These are not cancer, but they may develop into cancer over a number of years. Most polyps can be easily removed, reducing the risk that bowel cancer will develop.
The Bowel Screening Programme is a national bowel screening
programme for people aged 60 to 74 years. It aims to save lives
by finding bowel cancer at an early stage when it can often be
Doing your bowel screening test is quick, clean and simple. You do
it by yourself at home!
You can read all about the programme, and how to do the test on the Time to Screen-Bowel Screening website.
If you are concerned about any changes to your breasts, please see a doctor or nurse at your practice. They can help you with a number of breast problems, like mastitis or pain, and refer you to a specialist if needed.
We also encourage women to have regular breast screening tests, which are used to find breast cancer early so that treatment can start and increase the chance of a full recovery. One in nine women in New Zealand get breast cancer.
BreastScreen Aotearoa is a national breast screening programme offering a free screening mammogram every two years for women who:
are aged 45‒69 years
have no symptoms of breast cancer
have not had a mammogram in the last 12 months
are not pregnant or breastfeeding
are eligible for public health services in New Zealand.
You can read all about the programme, risks and benefits and how to register on the Time to Screen website. Or phone BreastScreen Aotearoa on 0800 270 200.
Your general practice offers free cervical screening to all eligible enrolled patients.
What is a cervical smear?
Having a smear test only takes a few minutes and
you can ask that it be done by a female nurse or doctor.
Some women find it uncomfortable, but it shouldn’t hurt.
A few cells are collected from your cervix using a spatula
(a thin, flat wooden instrument) and put into a solution for
testing in the laboratory. The cells are put under a microscope
to see if there is anything abnormal. It’s important to find
abnormal cells early so you can be given treatment before
the cells develop into cancer. If there is, your clinic will let
you know the next steps.
We encourage all women aged 20–69 years to have a cervical screening test every three years if the initial smear results are normal.
If you are aged 25 or over and you are or have been sexually active and haven’t had a cervical smear in the last three years, talk to your nurse or GP.
Read more about Having a cervical smear test.
As COVID-19 cases continue to grow in the Auckland, Northland and Waikato regions, its important that we do our part as well to keep COVID-19 at bay. This means getting tested for COVID-19 is you have the following:
sneezing and runny nose
new or worsening cough
fever (at least 38˚C)
shortness of breath
temporary loss of smell
altered sense of taste.
In Whanganui, our main COVID-19 testing station is at the Whanganui DHB and is open Monday to Friday from 8am to 3pm and on weekends from 8am to 12pm.
If you are unsure about anything COVID related, call the Ministry of Health on 0800 358 5453.