Cervical screening (Smear test) is a free health test available on the NHS as part of the national cervical screening programme. It helps prevent cervical cancer by checking for a virus called high-risk HPV and cervical cell changes. It is not a test for cancer but is a test to help prevent cancer.
Please do not delay or avoid coming in for your smear test. During the pandemic, we are continuing to book patients in safely with the practice nurse for their smear test with pre appointment screening for Covid symptoms and/or contact with Covid.
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Who is invited for a cervical smear screening test?
You should be invited for cervical screening if you have a cervix. The cervix is the opening to your womb from your vagina. Women are usually born with a cervix. Trans men, non-binary and intersex people may also have one.
In the UK, you are automatically invited for cervical screening if you are:
between the ages of 25 to 64
registered as female with a GP surgery.
You may get your first invite up to 6 months before you turn 25. You can book an appointment as soon as you get the invite.
When will you be invited for cervical screening
You can book an appointment as soon as you get a letter. If you missed your last cervical screening, you do not need to wait for a letter to book an appointment. You’ll get your results by letter, usually in about 2 weeks. It will explain what happens next.
When cervical screening is not recommended
BAME Patients & those who need information in other languages
Key findings include:
The survey revealed that there needs to be further education within the BAME community about what cervical screening is and why it is so important. In 2015 Jo’s Trust launched a new video resource called “Your Guide to Cervical Screening (smear test)” which is aimed at raising awareness of cervical screening to women from a BAME background.