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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.

To make an appointment in Durham contact the Central Appointment Booking Line on 0191 372 8700 Monday to Friday 9am-5pm or in Darlington on 01325 743 203.  Click here for the County Durham Contraception and Sexual Health (CaSH) Clinic timetable  and click here for Darlington Contraception and Sexual Health (CaSH) timetable.









'The treatment I have received from all the staff has been excellent and could you extend my thanks to them all. A very thankful and relieved patient'.

Patient, Dermatology Outpatients Department, University Hospital of North Durham