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Cervical Screening

Our Practice Nurses carry out cervical screening unless patients request otherwise. All women and people with a cervix aged 25 to 64  will be invited for a smear in accordance with the national recall policy (unless the cytologist/consultant recommends repeating the smear more often).

  • Cervical screening (a smear test) checks the health of your cervix. The cervix is the opening to your womb from your vagina.

  • It's not a test for cancer, it's a test to help prevent cancer.

  • All women and people with a cervix aged 25 to 64 should be invited by letter.

  • During the screening appointment, a small sample of cells will be taken from your cervix.

  • The sample is checked for certain types of human papillomavirus (HPV) that can cause changes to the cells of your cervix. These are called "high risk" types of HPV.

  • If these types of HPV are not found, you do not need any further tests.

  • If these types of HPV are found, the sample is then checked for any changes in the cells of your cervix. These can then be treated before they get a chance to turn into cervical cancer.

  • You'll get your results by letter, usually in about 2 weeks. It will explain what happens next.

You still need a smear test even if you have had the HPV vaccination.