Cervical Smears

All women aged between 25 and 64 are invited for cervical screening.

Women aged between 25 and 49 are invited for testing every three years, and women aged between 50 and 64 are invited every five years.  More frequent testing may be recommended with a history of an abnormal smear.

Our Nurses are trained to carry out cervical smears and once you have received a letter advising you to arrange a smear test please ring and book a routine appointment with the nurse.

Cervical screening, or smear test, is a method of detecting abnormal (pre-cancerous) cells in the cervix in order to prevent cervical cancer. The cervix is the entrance to the womb from the vagina. Cervical screening is not a test for cancer; it is a test to check the health of the cells of the cervix. Most women’s test results show that everything is normal, but for 1 in 20 women the test will show some abnormal changes in the cells of the cervix.

Most of these changes will not lead to cervical cancer and the cells may go back to normal on their own. However, in some cases, the abnormal cells need to be treated to prevent them becoming cancerous.