In order to prevent cancer of the cervix it is recommended that all sexually active women start having smears at the age of 25 and then every three years until the age of 50 and then every five years until the age of 65.
There is a robust system of invitation and recall as well as provision of results by the local Cervical Screening Programme. Women will be sent an invitation to have a cervical smear when they are due or overdue a smear.
When you receive this invitation from the Cervical Screening Programme it is important that you make an appointment for a cervical smear. It is best to book you appointment for a time when you are not bleeding so not too close to the start or end of your period.
Please make an appointment on the appointments line and bring a urine sample with you. If the timing of our clinics are inconvenient for you, smears can also be taken at any local family planning clinic.
If you change your address it is important that you let your doctor know the new address as soon as possible.
Cervical Smear Results
The result of your cervical smear will take approximately 4 weeks to be available. The result will be posted directly to you at your home address from the Cervical Screening Programme.
If you receive an abnormal result you will additionally be given an appointment at the local Colposcopy Clinic for treatment.
If your smear is normal, then you will be automatically invited to have another smear in 3 -5 years, depending on your age group.
For more information visit www.cancerscreening.nhs.uk