Smear tests for women involve an examination of the Cervix (neck of the womb) to check for changes which occur before cancer develops. These changes can be treated before cancer develops.
We recommend that women between the ages of 25 and 49 years are encouraged to have a smear every three years and those aged between 50 and 64 every five years, unless advised otherwise by a doctor.
Smear tests are usually performed by the Practice Nurses. We have a recall system in place to advise women in advance of their next smear test.
If you are newly registered with the Practice, please inform us of the approximate date of the last cervical smear in order that we can put you into our recall system.
The test results will be sent to YOUR HOME ADDDRESS as well as to the surgery and can sometimes take 4 to 5 weeks.
Young women (starting from age 14) are offered the HPV vaccine at school, preventing HPV is known to reduce the risk of developing cervical cancer in later life. If you only had part of the HPV course at school or are under 18 and have not had it, please contact us to ask to speak to the Practice Nurses (Annette or Julie) for advice.
If you are concerned about any women’s health issues please discuss this with a Doctor or a Nurse.