Cervical Smear Tests
Appointments should be made with Nurse Valerie Steenson or with one of the female Drs.
The practice has a screening programme with automatic recall. Current recommendations state that women between 20 and 65 years, should have a smear test every 3-5 years. A smear test is a simple way of assessing the health of the cervix. Experts can check and recognize changes which suggest that cancer may develop in the future.
You may occasionally have your test carried out by either Nurse Steenson or one of the doctors. We will notify you of your result, whether normal or not, by letter. Occasionally you may be asked to have a repeat test. This can be for technical reasons or because there is a concern regarding some of the cells. The doctor may be instructed to repeat the test at intervals or refer you to gynaecologist for a closer examination or for colposcopy. Some patients do not take up the offer of cervical screening, despite repeated invitations.
If you have not responded to 3 invitations, we will send you a letter to sign, instructing us that you do not wish to take part in the screening programme.
You will be given the opportunity every 5 years to change your mind. If you have not received invitations and do not wish to have a smear test, please contact us in order to sign this declaration.