A group of staff at the Trust that runs Shropshire’s two acute hospitals has overhauled an NHS Screening Timeline for their patients, and now the resource has been rolled out nationally by Public Health England.
Managers for six screening programmes at The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust (SaTH), which runs The Royal Shrewsbury Hospital and the Princess Royal Hospital in Telford, put their heads together after realising information about screening for patients in Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin needed to improve. With the help of SaTH’s Graphic Designer, Sam Parker, they devised a timeline that runs from conception up to age of 70 and illustrates the screening services that are available to people throughout their lives – improving awareness and access for the local community.
Public Health England Screening was so impressed with the timeline that it adapted it into a double-sided resource and have made it available nationally so that others can benefit.
“We are fortunate in this country that we have opportunity to take up various screenings at no cost to us” said Ruby, our Chair. She continued continued, “if you are invited for any type of screening, take it up, or if you think you should have been invited and have not received an invitation, then ask the question of your GP, as it could save your life “.
The screening chart below, shows at what time in our lives, we should be invited/or go for screenings.