Cervical screening, or the “smear test”, is a routine health check that identifies potentially harmful cells and changes on the cervix. Cervical screening is not a test for cancer but catching any changes early can reduce your risk of developing cervical cancer. Cervical cancer kills two women every day. Regular screenings can help reduce that number, which is why it’s so important you attend your screening when invited.
Our nurses are trained to do all they can to put you at ease during your appointment and are on hand to answer any questions or concerns you may have. However, whether you attend your screening or not, is ultimately your choice.
If you’re due to have a cervical screening, you’ll receive an invite letter in the post. Don’t ignore it, book your cervical screening here today.
If you missed your previous appointment or are unsure if you are due a screening, please contact us and we will book you an appointment if you’re due.
The ideal time to have a smear is midway between periods.
Cervical Smears are not usually done during pregnancy as the results can be difficult to interpret. It would therefore be delayed until 3 months after the baby is born.
In England, you will first be sent an invitation for screening at the age of 25. You will then be invited every 3 years until the age of 49 and then every 5 years until the age of 65. If you have an abnormal smear, you may be invited more frequently.
For a more detailed and printable leaflet on cervical screening go to:
If you have an abnormal smear, you may be referred for colposcopy. For more information on colposcopy, go to: http://www.patient.co.uk/health/Colposcopy.htm
Alternatively, http://www.cancerscreening.nhs.uk/cervical/ has useful information about the screening programme