- 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.
- The nurse or doctor will tell you when you can expect your results letter.
The practice will send you a text message or a letter asking you to book in for your cervical screening, please go on-line at “MYGP” and book your own convenient appointment or alternatively text back YESSMEAR and an appointment will be booked for you, you can also make an appointment by calling one of our receptionists.
If you do not wish to have your cervical screening we ask that you come in and discuss it with one of our nurses, who will talk to you about the procedure and the risks of not having it, you are able to opt out for up to 3 years, but you are able to change your mind at any point.
For more information about cervical screening look here: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/cervical-screening/