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Cervical Screening (smear tests)

Cervical screening is a method of preventing cancer by detecting and treating abnormalities of the cervix.

Screening is the process of identifying individuals who appear healthy but may be at increased risk of a disease or condition. The process is not perfect and in every screen there are a number of false positives and false negatives.

The NHS Cervical Screening Programme is available to women aged 25 to 64 in England.  All eligible women who are registered with a GP automatically receive an invitation by mail. Women aged 25 to 49 receive invitations every 3 years. Women aged 50 to 64 receive invitations every 5 years.

NHS Choices provides information for the public on the Cervical Screening Programme.

Cervical Screening is offered in all CaSH venues and in some Sexual Health Hubs (GUM) by regionally trained nurses. Click here to see how to book an appointment.










'I have to compliment everyone on their pleasant persona and their expertise and knowledge. By the end of the 5 days, I did not feel as though I had been in a hospital ward and was very relaxed.'

Patient, Ward 16 Orthopaedics, University Hospital of North Durham