CERVICAL SMEAR PROGRAMME RECOMMENCING JUNE 2020 If due, women will soon be invited by letter to attend for their cervical screening test at the Practice and when contacting the Practice will be triaged remotely before any face-to-face appointment is booked. Patients without symptoms of COVID-19 who are booked for a face-to-face appointment will be advised to inform staff if they develop symptoms, and will be asked again before entering the Practice for their consultation. Please wear personal facemasks if available.
A new video below shows women what to expect when they attend for cervical screening. It has been produced by the Public Health Agency and covers the complete screening journey including the invitation, the smear test, laboratory processing, results and attendance for colposcopy. The video is primarily aimed at women attending screening for the first time aged 25, as uptake is lower in this age group. Further accessible versions of the video are in production (ie. signed in British and Irish sign language, subtitled version) and will be uploaded onto the website when available.
It is hoped the video will promote informed choice among women about attending for cervical screening and seek to reassure those who are called for colposcopy.
The video is on the Northern Ireland Cancer Screening Programmes website at the following link:
Please contact reception to arrange a smear appointment with the Practice Nurse.