Japanese medics visit county to improve cervical cancer screening rates in their country (From Daily Echo)
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Japanese medics visit county to improve cervical cancer screening rates in their country
A GROUP of Japanese medics hoping to improve cervical cancer screening rates in their country worked with Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
The group hope to base their services on those practiced in the UK, where 80 per cent of females eligible for screening chose to be tested.
Seven medical and academic professionals from Japan visited Royal Hampshire County Hospital to meet with Hampshire’s cervical cancer screening team, which included members of the hospital’s pathology team who provide testing for the screening service.
The visit highlighted the successful processes adopted by Hampshire Hospitals, which also runs Basingstoke Hospital, in Aldermaston Road, to improve the patient pathway.
The visitors were also shown national initiatives including computerised call and recall systems, which are used to automatically remind women to book their screening appointment.
They learned about handling cultural barriers that dissuade Japanese women from undergoing screening.
Cultures prevent open discussions of sexual health issues, and only doctors, most of whom are male, are authorised to screen for cervical cancer, which costs between £10 and £50 per patient.
In the UK, the majority of cervical cancer screening tests are undertaken by a trained female nurse and are provided for free by the NHS.
Minori Tabuchi, a Japanese biomedical scientist who was part of the visiting group, said: “England has very good cervical cancer systems with good communication between hospitals, laboratories and other relevant people. We’re trying to increase awareness of cervical cancer screening in Japan, but would not be able to do so without the collaboration or help from the team at Hampshire Hospitals and their partner organisations.”
Hampshire Hospitals cytology manager Jeff Morrison, who organised the visit, said: “It was particularly valuable to show how the UK model of operating a computerised call/recall system and putting patients at ease through practice nurses in a local GP surgery setting can vastly improve uptake.”
Craig Roberts, cellular pathology manager, added: “I am delighted that we have had another opportunity to build on the foundations of the special relationship formed with our Japanese colleagues, who share a passion for providing a high quality, timely and effective screening service. We look forward to maintaining our strong bond in an effort to affect change in Japan.”
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