The NHS cervical screening programme invites women from age 25 to 64 for cervical screening. Depending on where you live and your age, you get an invite every 3 to 5 years.
Some patients do not responded invitations to have a cervical smear performed. This may be because they have been too busy, too frightened, too embarrassed, or a combination of these, to have it performed.
Regular cervical screening is the best way to detect early changes to the cervix (neck of the womb). Early detection and treatment can prevent cancer developing in around 80% to 90% of cases.
If your difficulty is finding time to get to the practice, please phone and talk to our practice support team. There are several options available including evening and weekends appointments at Catterick.
If you have any other queries or concerns, please see the cervical screening pages of the NHS website or the Cancer Research UK site or telephone to discuss your problem with either a Practice Nurse or a GP so that we can ensure that you are fully aware of the decision that you have made.
It is, of course, not mandatory to participate in this screening programme, however as your GP, it is something we would highly recommend that you did participate in.
Always contact your GP if you have symptoms of cervical cancer, even if you have recently had a cancer screening.
For more information on the symptoms of cervical cancer visit the NHS website.