We recommend all women between the ages of 24 and 65 to have cervical smears . We try to do them at mid-cycle if possible. Invitations for smears come from both the practice and the local health authority. We feel that this dual approach helps prevent people being overlooked ! The smears themselves are done by our nurse ,please ring for an appointment. Smear tests are always done in the surgery
Prior to having a smear we request that you read an information leaflet about them. You will also be asked to sign a consent form to have a smear.
Smear results take about 3 weeks to come back and if there is a problem we will write to you . Again the health authority may also write to you and again we hope this duplication of effort will help reduce any possible errors. The health authority will also tell you when the smear is normal. If the smear is normal we do not normally write to you. There are many reasons why a smear result may be abnormal. Do not jump to conclusions !
If you do not wish to have a cervical smear for medical legal reasons we will ask you to come in and see the doctor and nurse and sign a form to say you don’t want a smear. Even if you don’t want a smear we are obliged to continue you to invite you for a smear.