This procedure is recommended to women to aid prevention or early diagnosis of cervical abnormalities. A woman aged 25 to 50 should attend every three years and for women aged 51 to 65 it is every five years. If you have had an abnormal result previously you may be asked to have more frequent checks. It is surgery policy for our practice nurses to provide this service.
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
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