Cervical Screening

What is cervical screening?

  • 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 tested for changes to the cells of your cervix.
  • Finding abnormal changes early means they can be monitored or treated so they do not get a chance to turn into cervical cancer.
  • You'll get your results by letter, usually in about 2 weeks.

Important

Try not to put off cervical screening. It's one of the best ways to protect yourself from cervical cancer.

Ask at reception for more information or to book an appointment.

For more information please visit https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/cervical-screening/

Or see this leaflet Cervical Screening - Helping You Decide