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Cervical Screening (smear tests)

Cervical screening is a method of preventing cancer by detecting and treating abnormailities 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.









'In recent times, I have utilised admissions to Richardson for respite direct from my fracture clinic, even at weekends. I have never worked anywhere with this efficiency before - it is reassuring and invaluable for the patient.'

Patient, Lowson / Starling Wards, Richardson Hospital