Cervical cancer is largely preventable by regular screening and smear tests every 3 years which are recommended for all women under 64 years of age. Smears are generally performed by one of our Practice Nurses. In addition, routine health checks such as Blood Pressure Monitoring as well as general advice and guidance on health issues will be given.
The purpose of a smear test is to take cells from the surface of the cervix. These are then examined under a microscope to detect changes to the cells before they become cancerous. In this way, any abnormal cells can be removed preventatively.
We strongly encourage all women who are aged 25 or over and who have been sexually active to get their first smear done when they are 25 and then to re-attend for future routine smears as determined by their last smear results (typically at three year intervals).
Written invitations are sent directly to patients when appropriate. If, for any reason, you are unable to attend an appointment we would very much appreciate you contacting the surgery to cancel or re-arrange the appointment. Other patients may benefit from the released appointment.
You will receive the results of your smear in 4-6 weeks. Visit the NHS website for more information.