Cervical Screening




Why Cervical Screening is so Important

Cervical screening is a free health test which helps prevent cervical cancer. All women and people with a cervix aged 25-64 are eligible for a cervical smear test, which can be performed by one of our nurses at the GP surgery. During this procedure a small sample of cells is taken from the cervix. The sample is checked for the virus Human Papillomavirus (HPV), which can cause changes to the cells of your cervix. If you have HPV your sample will be checked for abnormal cells.

The test is done routinely every three years (age 25-49) or every five years (age 50-64). It is the best way to protect against cervical cancer.

If you have registered with us from another surgery you may have done the test elsewhere in the UK. Please let us know the date of your last test so that we can update our records.

If you have registered with us from another country, any tests done abroad are not recognised by the UK screening service. Please book an appointment for your test, or to speak to the nurse if you have any questions.

Please follow this link to view the leaflet, which aims to help you decide and is available in other languages