Important information about coronavirus (COVID-19)

If you or someone you live with has a high temperature, a new continuous cough, or a loss or change to sense of smell or taste, please follow the NHS guidance on self-isolation. To check if you need medical help, use the 111 coronavirus serviceDO NOT go to your GP surgery, hospital or pharmacy.

NHS Cancer Screening

Screening is a way of finding out if people are at higher risk of cancer, so that early treatment can be offered or information given to help them make informed decisions.

This page gives an overview of cancer screening offered by the NHS

If you have symptoms that you are worried may be signs of cancer then please use the relevant symptoms link to check these. Please then submit an online clinical eConsult which will be dealt with promptly (by the end of the next working day at the latest ) . If you don't have internet access or don't have the necessary IT skills please phone the practice .

There are 3 main screening services currently offered by the NHS

  • Breast screening 
  • Bowel cancer screening
  • Cervical screening

Male Patients often ask about Prostate Cancer screening. This is entirely understandable however the NHS doesn't currently offer this. This is not based on trying to save money but on the lack of evidence that such a screening program would save lives. For more information please follow the links below.


Breast Screening is offered to women aged 50 to 70 to detect early signs of breast cancer. Women over 70 can self-refer.

To find out the latest information please click here.. NHS link

If you have a Family History of breast cancer please find out more here - FH link


Breast Screening isn't carried out at the practice itself - you will be asked to attend a local screening service

If your question can't be answered on the website please phone the local service (Liverpool Breast Screening Service at Linda McCartney Centre 0151 706 2920 )

Please remember screening is for patients without symptoms . If you are worried you may have symptoms of breast cancer please contact us using the relevant eConsult template and we will promptly respond

Cervical Screening is offered to women aged 25 to 64 to check the health of cells in the cervix. It is offered every 3 years for those aged 26 to 49, and every 5 years from the ages of 50 to 64.

Please see this link for more detailed information -NHS Link

This is carried out by one of our Clinicians (usually a female Nurse ) at the Practice

You can also get this done by a Nurse at Litherland Clinic between 5- 8pm weekdays and at the Weekend.

To arrange an appointment please call the practice 0151 526 2161


NHS bowel cancer screening is only offered to people aged 55 or over, as this is when you're more likely to get bowel cancer. See more here NHS link

and this link for further information


This is carried out directly by the NHS independent of the practice so will you will be contacted directly by the screening service if you are in the relevant age group

If you have queries about the screening process that can't be answered on the above NHS link then call the free bowel cancer screening helpline on 0800 707 60 60

The NHS doesn't currently offer prostate cancer screening on the NHS. This is not because of trying to save money but because there is no evidence it would save lives and do more good than harm

Please remember this relates to patients who do not have symptoms linked to potential prostate problems 

Its a complicated area so please read this link NHS prostate cancer screening

This infogram shows why screening isn't currently done infogram link

If you would still like to be considered for a PSA test when you are asymptomatic (having no symptoms ) please confirm you have read this leaflet and then submit an admin eConsult.  to the High Pastures team

If you do have symptoms please submit a relevant  clinical eConsultation To High Pastures

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Contact Us

High Pastures Surgery
138 Liverpool Road North
L31 2HW
Tel: 0151 526 2161