Cervical Screening (Smear Tests)

Patients will receive a letter when their cervical screening is due and should contact the surgery to make an appointment with a Practice Nurse. 

Ideally the test should be done  during the middle of the menstrual cycle (usually 14 days from the start of the last period), as this can ensure a better sample of cells is taken.

The use of spermicide, a barrier method of contraception or a lubricant jelly, should be avoided for 24 hours before the test, as the chemicals they contain may affect the test.

The results are sent automatically and directly to the patients with copies sent to the Practice.

Except in exceptional circumstances, all women registered with the practice are invited for cervical screening as follows:

  • aged 25 to 49 – every three years
  • aged 50 to 64 – every five years
  • over 65 – only women who haven't been screened since age 50 or those who have recently had abnormal tests

Further information is available from the NHS Choices Website