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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 GUM venues by regionally trained nurses.

To make an appointment contact the Central Appointment Booking Line on 0191 372 8700 Monday to Friday 9am-5pm.  Click here for the Contraception and Sexual Health (CaSH) Clinic timetable








'Every aspect of my emergency care was dealt with quickly, efficiently and professionally with full explanations and compassion from all staff involved'.

Patient, Emergency Department, Darlington Memorial Hospital