Cervical screening (smear test)
Cervical screening is a method of preventing cancer by detecting and treating early abnormalities which, if left untreated, could lead to cancer in a woman's cervix (the neck of the womb). All women between the ages of 25 and 64 are eligible for a free cervical screening test every three to five years. Women aged 25-49 are screened every 3 years and women aged 50-64 every 5 years. Women should receive their first invitation for routine screening at 25. The NHS cervical screening service will contact you directly by post to invite you to make an appointment with us for your screening. If you do not attend you will recieve a second invite from the screening service. If you do not attend after these two invites we will send a third and final invite by email. If you have any concerns about atttending for your screening please contact the practice and we will answer any questions you may have.
The practice offers regular appointments for cervical smears, please speak to the Office (tel: 0117 330 2720 option 2) to make an appointment.
If a woman has never been sexually active, then her chance of developing cervical cancer is very low indeed. In these circumstances, a woman might choose to decline the invitation for cervical screening on this occasion. If a woman is not currently sexually active but has had male partners in the past, then we would recommend continued screening. Lesbian and bi-sexual women should have regular cervical screening.
Your Guide to cervical screening (smear test) - Video available in various languages
The HPV Vaccine is available on the NHS for girls aged 12-18 years old. If you are over 18 and have not had the HPV vaccine you will not be eligible to have it on the NHS. There are several clinics offering consultation and vaccination as a private service:
Taylor-Mohrs 2 Clifton Park, BS8 3BS. £450 for the course of vaccines and consultation
Chesterfield Hospital £95 for initial consultation plus £108 per injection (3 required)