Cervical screening is a free health test available on the NHS as
part of the national cervical screening programme. It helps prevent
cervical cancer by checking for a virus called high-risk HPV and
cervical cell changes.
Who can have a smear?
You should be invited for cervical screening if you have a
cervix. Women are usually born with a cervix, however trans men,
non-binary and intersex people may also have one.
In the UK, you are automatically invited for cervical screening
if you are:
If you are not registered as female with your GP practice, but
have a cervix you are still eligible, and welcome to request
When can I have a smear?
Currently women aged 25 to 49 receive invitations every 3 years.
Women aged 50 to 64 receive invitations every 5 years. You may get
your first invite up to 6 months before you turn 25. You can book
an appointment as soon as you get the invite.
Where can I find out more?
The NHS website provides information for the public on the Cervical Screening
Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust
is a charity which provides information and support to patients and
Cervical Screening is offered in all Community CaSH venues and
in some Sexual Health Hubs (GUM) by regionally trained nurses. Click here to
see how to book an appointment.
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Patient, Cardiology Department, Bishop Auckland Hospital