We recommend all women between the ages of 24 and 65 to have cervical smears. Invitations for smears come from both the practice and the local health authority. The smears are carried out by our nursing team, please ring reception for an appointment. Smear tests are always done in the surgery and we offer appointments every week.
Smear results take approximately 3 weeks to come back and the health authority will send you a copy of your results. If you have not received these after this time, please contact the surgery to enquire further. We do not normally contact patients to advise of normal results however if there is anything abnormal to report or further actions required we will contact you directly. There are many reasons why a smear result may be abnormal so please contact the surgery if you wish to discuss this further.
We trust that this duplication of effort will help reduce any possible errors.
If you do not wish to have a cervical smear for any reason we will ask you to come in and see the doctor or nurse and sign a disclaimer form to decline the smear test. Even if you decide to decline the smear test, we are obliged to continue to invite you for this important cancer screening periodically.
If you would like to find out more information you can visit: NHS Cervical Screening.