Cervical screening, or the “smear test”, is a routine health check that identifies potentially harmful cells and changes on the cervix. Cervical screening is not a test for cancer but catching any changes early can reduce your risk of developing cervical cancer. Cervical cancer kills two women every day. Regular screenings can help reduce that number, which is why it’s so important you attend your screening when invited.
Our nurses are trained to do all they can to put you at ease during your appointment and are on hand to answer any questions or concerns you may have. However, whether you attend your screening or not, is ultimately your choice. If you do have questions or are unable to make your screening during working hours, please note we also carry out smear tests during our late Tuesday evening surgery which runs up to 9pm.
If you’re aged 25-49, you’ll be invited every 3 years or every 5 years if you’re aged 50-64. If you’re due to have a cervical screening, you’ll receive an invite letter in the post or a text message reminder. Don’t ignore it, book your cervical screening appointment today.
If you missed your previous appointment or are unsure if you are due a screening, please contact us and we will book you an appointment if you’re due. You can book an appointment by calling us on 0208 863 3333.