It is strongly recommended that all women between the ages of 25 – 49 have a smear every three years. Those between 50 – 64 should have one every five years to detect minor abnormalities and so prevent the development of cancer. A recall system exists to ensure regular testing. Appointments can be made with the nurse in any normal surgery or family planning clinic. If you require further information, please discuss this with the nurse or your doctor.
See national guidelines.
The test involves the nurse doing a vaginal examination and taking a sample of the cells on the surface of the neck of the womb (the cervix). The sample is then examined under the microscope at the lab.
The aim is to look for and identify cancer warning cells. If these are found then treatment can be organised to prevent cervical cancer ever developing.
To have your smear simply book an appointment with the practice nurses.
- NHS Choices – for further information