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10-16 June 2019 marks Cervical Screening Awareness Week, an important initiative designed to raise awareness of the significance of cervical screening and to encourage women to get checked.
 
Put ‘cervical cancer’ into Google and it won’t be long before you see Jade Goody’s name crop up. The reality TV star, who shot to fame on the third season of Big Brother, lost her battle with cervical cancer 10 years ago at the age of just 27. Leaving behind two young children, her heartbreaking story was a shocking demonstration of how common cervical cancer is, particularly in young women. As of result, there was a marked increase in the number of smear test attendance, in what became to be known as the “Jade Goody effect”.
 
However, recent figures suggest the number of women being regularly tested have slowed down, with many citing embarrassment as the reason for their delayed testing. 
 
Every year in the UK, there are around 3,200 new cervical cancer cases detected and tragically, 870 women will lose their battle with the condition, a rate of more than two every day. What’s even more startling, as highlighted by Cancer Research UK’s figures, is that 99.8% of all cases are preventable. This highlights just how important regular screening and early vaccination is.
 

 
What is cervical cancer?
The cervix is the small, donut-shaped opening to the uterus, located at the top of the vagina. Cancer of the cervix begins in its outer layers, where tiny changes to the cells, can over time grow out of control. The area where this happens is called the transformation zone, which leads to the endocervical canal, a narrow passageway that leads to the womb. It is this transformation zone that we will check during a cervical screening test. The test itself is not for cancer per se, rather, we are checking for abnormal cervical cells, that may one day develop into cancer. This is why early and regular testing results in high prevention rates. 
 
Who is at risk from cervical cancer?
In short, all women are at risk from cervical cancer, however, prevalence is higher amongst younger, sexually active women. The vast majority (90%) of cervical cancer cases occur when a women has been infected with human papillomavirus (HPV), which is spread during sexual intercourse. While most HPV infections will pass without the need for treatment, some forms do carrier a higher risk and can cause the cells to stop working properly, leading to the growth of tumours. 
 
What are the symptoms?
Unlike many conditions, cervical cancer carries little in the way of symptoms. As the condition advances, women may experience discomfort during sex, bleeding during or after intercourse, or between periods. The relative lack of symptoms is another reason why screening is so important as early detection of the cancerous cells can help the to prevent its development.
 
What is the HPV vaccine and what does it do? 
The HPV vaccine guards against cervical cancer and genital warts and represents the first effective prevention tool against cervical cancer. The vaccine is normally recommended for girls and young women between the ages of nine and twenty-six and is important for people who are not yet sexually active in order to prevent HPV infection. However, it is also recommended in older groups who may already have become infected. 
 
Cervical cancer is the second-most common cancer in women under thirty-five, as a result, we recommend testing once a year at our clinics. However, it is believed that with HPV vaccination, the risks of cervical cancer and the need for smear tests may be eradicated altogether.
 
How can Doctorcall help?
At Doctorcall, we provide screening and HPV vaccination. We also offer awareness days in companies. Book an appointment online today.
Doctorcall was delighted to attend this year’s ITIC UK (International Travel and Health Insurance Conferences), which took place in Southampton. The international travel health conference is a great platform for Doctorcall to meet with insurance and assistance providers around the world to highlight their acclaimed private doctor services.
 
Joe Beeltah and Dr Charles Levinson of Doctorcall attended the ITIC conference in Southampton
Doctorcall provides GP services for individuals and corporate clients at clinics in London and Manchester and through a network of providers they have established across the UK. It also runs London’s longest established visiting doctor service, which is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  
 
Doctorcall is also the preferred medical services provider for many of the world’s leading international assistance companies, fully integrating with their global assistance networks and working directly with offices in countries all over the world, including: The US, Canada, Brazil, Argentina, Chile, China, Japan, Spain, France, Germany, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, India, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Russia and Ukraine.
 
Speaking after the event Joe Beeltah, Client Liaison Executive, from Doctorcall, said: “It is a great platform for Doctorcall to highlight to assistance companies exactly who we are and the services we can provide to anyone who needs access to private GP services whilst they are in the UK. We had some great conversations at the event and are looking forward to taking those to the next level over the coming months.”
 
The ITIC covers all segments of the global industry including healthcare and offers unparalleled opportunities for education, networking and socialising.  Its aim is to offer the best possible forum to debate the big issues facing the industry from the potential impact of Brexit to cutting edge innovations in technology.

Here’s a gloomy statistic for you: the average working Londoner who drives will spend well over 100 days of their life stuck in traffic. Ouch.

A motorbike can be quicker at navigating London's busy streets

Aside from the sheer tedium and stress this causes, life is far too short for it to be spent praying that the traffic light stays green for just a split second longer. So, when it comes to visiting your doctor, the last thing you need to worry about is missing your appointment because of the latest snarl-up on the M25 clockwise.


This is why we are bringing care to you…on two wheels. In a way that is uniquely tailored to that infamous London traffic, one of our Doctorcall doctors is using their motorbike to see patients at their home.


Conventional? Not exactly. A high-quality service tailored to your busy needs whilst living in the capital? Absolutely.
Whilst we can’t guarantee all our doctors opt for this speedy method of transport, Doctorcall offers a range of services designed to suit you. For more information, click here.

Doctorcall proud to become West Ham United supplier

Leading medical services provider Doctorcall are proud to supply Premier League football club West Ham United, delivering care to the family of the team’s players.

Joe Beeltah and Dr Charles Levinson of Doctorcall signed the contract with West Ham
Doctorcall will offer a range of medical support to the partners and children of West Ham’s first team, enabling peace of mind for players to focus their attentions on the pitch, knowing that their family are receiving world-class medical attention.
 
Now celebrating its 30th anniversary, Doctorcall was founded by Dr Charles Levinson to provide a visiting doctor facility within London. The first of its kind to offer this service in the capital, the practice now employs over 75 staff and clinicians, with a second clinic servicing patients in Manchester. 
 
Dr Levinson said: “We are delighted to be able to offer this service to the loved ones of West Ham’s players. It is truly a privilege to be working with a club that can boast such a prestigious history. In a game of such small margins, if we can support their on-field success through ensuring a healthy family, then the Doctorcall team are up to the challenge.” 

Doctorcall’s Chief Executive and Medical Director Charles Levinson, was thrilled to achieve an Honorary Lifetime Membership Award from The Society of the Golden Keys of Great Britain and the Commonwealth.

Dr Charles was awarded the Honorary Lifetime Membership by Sir Rocco Forte for his long standing and contributions to the Golden Keys for 28 years.

He was also recommended by two of the most respected concierges in the society - Mr Antony Lynch Head Concierge at the Hilton Kensington and Mr David Haines Head Concierge at the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge one of the biggest hotels in Europe.
 
Often called The Keys, the Society has been in existence since 1952 when a group of Head Hall Porters from several leading London hotels met to discuss how they could meet the increasing expectations of London’s visitors.
 
Today the Society is thriving and places strict conditions of membership. Around three hundred and thirty concierges in Great Britain proudly wear the symbol of their status: the Golden Keys lapel pin. Each is revered for his or her professional gravitas, integrity, local knowledge and impeccable recommendations.
 
Doctorcall’s visiting doctor service provides private home visits to London’s leading hotels twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. Their rapid response service is designed to get an experienced doctor to patients in around 90 minutes across the capital.
 
All doctors are all permanently employed and both appropriately qualified and experienced to work in the NHS and the independent healthcare sector and Doctorcall is fully registered with the Care Quality Commission. In addition, the doctors can dispense immediate medication, and have access to 24 hour pharmacy services if needed.