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Make your health your priority this year

5 January 2018

Kathryn Anning
Darling Downs Hospital and Health Service mobile women’s health nurse Kathryn Anning

Darling Downs Hospital and Health Service mobile women’s health nurses Kathryn Anning  and Barbara Milne will visit a variety of locations in February to conduct free clinics.

The service is free and confidential and is available to all women.

“From 1 December 2017, cervical screening changed in Australia as the pap test was replaced with a new cervical screening test every five years,” Ms Anning said.

“Cervical cancer is one of the most preventable cancers. The new cervical screening test is more accurate, needs to be done less often, and is expected to protect up to 30 per cent more women.

“The test is a simple procedure to check the health of the cervix. It looks and feels the same as the pap test, but tests for the human papillomavirus (known as HPV).

“A woman’s first cervical screening test is due two years after her last pap test. After that, women will only need to have the test every five years if her results are normal.

“Regular cervical screening is your best protection against cervical cancer.”

Ms Anning and Ms Milne also provide a range of other services including breast awareness and sexual health testing as well as advice for issues such as continence, menopause, contraception and general wellbeing.

Ms Anning’s upcoming clinics will be held at the following locations:

* Warwick Hospital Specialist Clinic (eastern side of the hospital), Wednesday 7 February between 9am and 3pm. Please phone Warwick Hospital outpatients department on 4660 3841 for information and bookings.

* Stanthorpe Health Services, Thursday 8 February between 9am and 3pm. Please phone the Community/Oral Health Centre on 4683 3460 for information and bookings.

* Esk Hospital, Monday 12 February between 9am and 3pm. Please phone 5424 4600 for information and bookings.

* Clifton Medical Centre, Tuesday 13 February between 9am and 3pm. Please phone 4697 3097 for information and bookings.

* Gatton Community Health Service, Wednesday 14 February between 9am and 3pm. Please phone Gatton Hospital on 5468 4188 for information and bookings.

* Pittsworth Hospital Allied Health Rooms (Beauaraba Living), Thursday 15 February between 9am and 3pm. Please phone Beauaraba Living on 4619 8422 for information and bookings.

* Crows Nest Community Health Room, 8 Grace Street (the old hospital entry), Monday 19 February between 9am and 3pm. Please phone 4616 6809 for information and bookings.

* Oakey Hospital, Tuesday 20 February between 9am and 3pm. Please phone Oakey Health Service on 4691 4888 for information and bookings.

* Warwick Hospital Specialist Clinic (eastern side of the hospital), Wednesday 21 February between 9am and 3pm. Please phone Warwick Hospital outpatients department on 4660 3841 for information and bookings.

* Killarney and District Aged Care Facility, Thursday 22 February between 10am and 3pm. Please phone 4664 1488 for information and bookings.

* Southern Cross Care Allora, Tuesday 27 February between 9am and 3pm. Please phone 4666 3171 for information and bookings.

Ms Milne’s upcoming clinics will be held at the following locations:

* Chinchilla Hospital, Friday 2 February between 9am and 2pm and Monday 5 February between 8.30am and 2pm. Please phone 4662 8888 for enquiries and bookings.

* Dalby Hospital, Tuesday 6 February between 8.15am and 2.30pm. Please phone 4669 0517 for enquiries and bookings.

* Goondiwindi Hospital, Wednesday 7 February between 9.30am and 2pm. Please phone 4671 6666 for enquiries and bookings.

* Millmerran Hospital, Monday 12 February between 8.30am and 2pm. Please phone 4695 3111 for enquiries and bookings.

* Miles Hospital, Wednesday 14 February between 9.30am and 1pm. Please phone 4628 5600 for enquiries and bookings.

* Dalby Hospital, Thursday 15 February between 8.15am and 2.30pm. Please phone 4669 0517 for enquiries and bookings.

* Tara Hospital, Monday 19 February between 9am and 2pm. Please phone 4678 7900 for enquiries and bookings.

* Goondiwindi Hospital, Tuesday 20 February between 9.30am and 2pm. Please phone 4671 6666 for enquiries and bookings.

* Jandowae Hospital, Thursday 22 February between 9am and 2pm. Please phone 4668 4555 for enquiries and bookings.

* Inglewood Community Health, Friday 23 February between 9am and 1.30pm. Please phone 46520777 for enquiries and bookings.

* Meandarra @ Bellara, Monday 26 February between 10am and 1pm. Please phone 4665 6336 for enquiries and bookings.

* Dalby Hospital, Tuesday 27 February between 8.15am and 2.30pm. Please phone 4669 0517 for enquiries and bookings.

* Wandoan Primary Health, Wednesday 28 February between 10am and 1pm. Please phone 4627 4444 for enquiries and bookings.

Last updated: 5 January 2018