Cervical Smear Test

What is a Cervical smear test, and why am I being invited for one?

As part of the NHS screening programmes, a cervical smear test plays a vital role in preventing cervical cancer by checking for high-risk HPV (Human-Papilloma Virus) and cervical cell changes. 

All women from the age of 25 are routinely invited for a test every 1 - 5 years, depending on the previous result, up to the age of 64. All women, trans men, non-binary and intersex people who have a cervix are invited for a smear test. 

How do I book for a cervical smear test?

You should only book an appointment after the exact date from your last test, for example: If you had a test on 1st May 2018, when you have been invited again you should book the test on or after 1st May of that year. 

If You have recently had a baby you should wait 3 months after giving birth before booking your test.

Tests can be booked anytime after 7 days from the first day of your period as long as you are not bleeding.

 Appointments are available within practice opening hours 8 am - 6:30 pm with a female nurse. You can book online via your online access provider, e.g. NHS App or by contacting the practice.

Alternatively, if you cannot make it during these times, there are appointments available via our GP Enhance Service who offers appointments up to 9:30 pm on weekdays and from 8 am - 8 pm over the weekend. You can book this directly by calling 0208 519 3999 or asking the practice to book on your behalf. 

How and when do I receive my results?

Results are usually received within 4 weeks from the date of the test; this can vary depending on the demand of the lab.

Results are posted to the address that is on your GP record, as well as any follow-up information and when you should receive your next test. Your GP will also receive a copy of your result to save on your medical record. 

I do not want this test.

We understand not all patients will want to have this test and you can 'opt-out' or 'delay' the screening process. If you wish to opt-out completely from the programme, it is recommended to speak to a clinician to understand the risks involved and you will be required to sign a dissent form. However, you can rejoin the programme at any time. You can also delay your test once for up to 18 months before being invited again. If you change your mind, just let the practice know.

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