Cervical Screening and Contraception
All women who have ever been sexually active should have regular cervical smear tests every two years after becoming sexually active up until age 70. This includes women who have been immunised against HPV. This test detects abnormal cells which, if left untreated, could become cervical cancer. Very often these cells are made abnormal by a human papillomavirus (HPV) which is passed on by men during intercourse. Regular testing and treatment reduces the likelihood of this sort of cancer by around 90%.
Advice regarding contraception is available from your GP. Implanon insertion and removal is also performed at NNMP.
An ECG is a recording of your heart’s electrical activity. Electrode patches are attached to your skin to measure the electrical impulses given off by your heart. The result is a trace that can be read by a doctor. It can give information of previous heart attacks and identify irregular heart rhythm. This test is quick and easy to do and is completely pain free.
24 Hr Holter Monitor – ECG
Sometimes it is necessary to monitor your hearts activity over a 24 hour period to gain information about your heart’s condition, particularly when you experience symptoms infrequently or irregularly . We are now able to do this by attaching you to a small machine called a Holter Monitor. A Holter monitor is a small battery powered device to monitor your heart’s electrical activity over a 24 hour period. The results of this test are reviewed by a Cardiologist in Sydney who then send a thorough report to your GP. Again this test is easy to perform and the only difference to your day is that you cannot bathe, swim or shower.
Shared Medical Appointments (SMA)
Dr Jonathon Hoar and a Nurse Facilitator are now conducting SMAs regarding Healthy Lifestyle. Nearly 2/3 of the Australian population are now overweight or obese and the incidence of Heart Disease, Diabetes, Arthritis and many other chronic conditions are increasing. SMA are designed to provide evidence based information to help our patients make informed decisions about their diet and lifestyle. Groups consist of approximately 10 people at a time, the class runs for 1 hr 30 mins weekly for 7 weeks. Please contact North Nowra Medical Practice if you are interested in joining.