A recall system exists to call eligible women between the ages of 25 and 64 years for a cervical smear test every 3 years to the age of 50 and then every 5 years. Appointments are available with a practice nurse or a doctor, if preferred.
The practice nurses provide a cervical cancer screening service. See national guidelines.
The test involves the nurse doing a vaginal examination and taking a sample of the cells on the surface of the neck of the womb (the cervix). The sample is then examined under the microscope at the lab.
The aim is to look for and identify cancer warning cells. If these are found then treatment can be organised to prevent cervical cancer ever developing.
To have your smear simply book an appointment with the practice nurses.
- NHS Choices – for further information