The NHS Cervical Screening Programme aims to reduce the number of women who develop cervical cancer and the number of women who die from it. There are a number of factors that may increase your risk of developing cervical cancer, and this includes being sexually active. Having a smear test does not mean you are at risk of cancer, but it is an important step in identifying any unusual cell changes early on. If necessary, treatment can be started straight away to prevent cancer developing.
The national cervical screening policy is as follows:
When your smear test is due you will receive a letter from your local Primary Care Trust or GP asking you to make an appointment. The screening test is best done in the middle of the menstrual cycle (between periods).
We can offer morning, afternoon or evening appointments with any of our practice nurses.