Routine tests

A big part of keeping healthy is making sure you’re both physically and mentally well. Our experts give advice on what you should be getting routinely checked.

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Your health in your 60s

Between retirement, grandchildren and a slower pace of life, the 60s are the start of your golden years… but from a health point of view this is also the age

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What’s the deal with colonoscopies?

We asked Dr Naayil Rajabally, a gastroenterologist at Mediclinic Constantiaberg, to answer some FAQs on colonoscopies.

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Saved by the test

When Nicole Jacobs* went for her annual Pap smear, she was taken by surprise. Fairly aggressive cancerous cells were found in her cervix, but since it was detected early she was able to receive prompt and successful treatment.

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10 health tips for women

Most women take better care of others than they do of themselves. Take some time to focus on yourself and follow these easy tips.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • We install alcohol rub dispensers at our facilities to prevent the spread of pathogens.
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  • Nurses can observe patients at all times as critical care units are designed like a beehive with the nurses’ station in the middle.
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  • Trauma patients with a critically low temperature will often be wrapped in a space blanket to reduce heat loss.
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  • A baby weighing 390g survived thanks to the expertise of Mediclinic’s highly qualified paediatric staff and specialists.
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  • The only one in Africa and one of only 13 in the world, the P-I BrÅnemark Institute of Excellence at Mediclinic Morningside, specialises in facial reconstruction.
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  • We use a yacht-mast design for our cabling and keep it safely wound up in our trauma pedestals to avoid any accidents.
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  • Our corridors are 2.3m wide allowing two beds to pass one another without any interference.
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  • Some of our hospitals have operating tables that can support patients of up to 370kg in weight and 2.2m in height.
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  • Mediclinic has the highest number of internationally accredited facilities in Southern Africa.
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  • Scrub areas in theatre are a minimum of 2.1m wide to accommodate at least two people at a time.
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A man’s health checklist

No matter how old you are, if you’re a man, you’re probably avoiding your annual health check-ups. Man up, make an appointment with your GP, and go get tested. Our decade-by-decade guide will show you what to ask for… no matter how old you are.

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Beating cervical cancer

New strides in the detection, treatment and prevention of cervical cancer mean that it can be beaten. Here, a survivor tells her story and we look at the potential of the HPV vaccine.

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  • Mediclinic has the highest number of internationally accredited facilities in Southern Africa.
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  • We use the internationally recognised Oxford Vermont Network to keep our neonatal critical care units at the forefront of paediatric medicine.
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  • Our corridors are 2.3m wide allowing two beds to pass one another without any interference.
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  • To prevent harmful bacteria being absorbed by mattresses we use protective under sheets made from polypropylene.
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  • The triage admission system in our emergency centres has been able to reduce mortality by up to 50%.
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  • We install alcohol rub dispensers at our facilities to prevent the spread of pathogens.
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  • You get 20% of the water your body needs from eating fruit and vegetables.
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  • Our hospitals have been awarded international accreditation for best practice in the management of environmental systems and practices.
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  • Our nursing units are designed to minimise the distance between nursing staff and patients.
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  • A baby weighing 390g survived thanks to the expertise of Mediclinic’s highly qualified paediatric staff and specialists.
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Symptoms not to ignore

While we can’t run to the doctor every time we have a headache or chest pain, here are 10 symptoms you shouldn’t ignore.

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Detecting breast cancer

You should be checking your breasts regularly for any changes that may indicate an underlying problem like breast cancer.

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Just checking!

Even if you’re feeling healthy and nothing hurts, book an annual checkup with your GP.

Dermatology

Annual checkup

Book an annual checkup with your GP and if necessary, he or she will send you to the appropriate specialist.

Routine tests

Blood tests – rarity or routine?

Blood tests are a great early-warning detection. Speak to your doctor about what routine tests you should have annually.

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Part two: routine tests for over-50s

If you’re 50 years or older, consider having these routine tests done.

Children up to 12

Ultrasound

An ultrasound is a painless, non-surgical procedure that can ‘see’ more deeply into the body’s tissue than X-rays.

Children up to 12

Misunderstanding allergies

Allergies are often misunderstood. Find out more about food intolerances and whether you can outgrow an allergy.

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Oral health

It’s important to look after your dental health – read on for more.

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Part one: Routine tests for over-50s

A selection of routine medical tests over-50s should consider taking.

Routine tests

Moles and melanoma

Protect yourself against melanoma by understanding the risks.

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