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St Mary’s Surgery Southampton wins national award for cervical screening campaign

St Mary’s Surgery has won a national award for their work to increase the number of women attending potentially life-saving cervical screening (smear tests).  

The IN THE PINK! Campaign has been awarded the top prize by charity Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust in their annual Cervical Screening Awards which recognise excellence and innovation across the UK.

Cervical screening can prevent up to 75% of cervical cancers from developing however 1 in 4 women do not attend the test when invited, significantly increasing their risk of developing a disease which claims two lives every day. Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust, the only UK charity dedicated to women affected by cervical cancer, created the awards in 2010 to acknowledge organisations working to reverse this trend and inspire others.The judges highlighted the following "(the campaign) demonstrated understanding and investigation of the problem", delivered “excellent outcomes and plans going ahead” and commented that it is "great to see a full team effort and taking action by increasing service provision in light of feedback from patients".

Robert Music, Chief Executive of Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust, said: "St Mary’s is a very worthy winner of our Cervical Screening Awards. Their application positively stood out among the applications we received and provides an excellent example of a targeted campaign to overcome some of the barriers to screening faced in their community. Cervical screening uptake is worryingly at a 19 year low in England and local initiatives are vital to reversing this trend. If we don’t then we are only going to see more women diagnosed and potentially losing their lives, from what is a largely preventable disease. I would like to personally congratulate St Mary’s and hope that their work encourages others to invest in prevention campaigns."

Dr Sue Robinson, Clinical Chair for Southampton Clinical Commissioning Group praised the surgery for their award; "we are delighted and extremely proud to have a GP Surgery within our city recognised with this award. The whole team worked hard to achieve this and are a shining example that campaigns such as this one, do work and can make a real difference to the health of people of Southampton."

For the full PRESS RELEASE from JO's Trust please CLICK HERE


Every day in the UK 9 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer

3 women lose their lives from the disease every day

Cervical Cancer is the most common cancer in women aged 35

75% of cervical cancers are prevented by cervical screening (smear tests)

Yet 1 in 4 do not attend this potentially life-saving test

For more information please see the Jo's Trust website




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