Unfortunately we are unable to provide cervical screening (smear test) at the SWISH clinics. Please contact the medical centre where you are registered to arrange a smear test with your GP or practice nurse.

What is Cervical Screening?

Cervical screening (smear test) is a method of detecting abnormal cells on the cervix. The cervix is the entrance to the womb from the vagina. Detecting and removing abnormal cervical cells can prevent cervical cancer. Cervical screening isn't a test for cancer; it's a test to check the health of the cells of the cervix

Women aged 25-64 who are registered with a GP are automatically invited for cervical screening. This includes women who have had the HPV vaccination, as the vaccine doesn't guarantee complete protection against cervical cancer.

Women registered with a GP will receive a letter inviting them to make an appointment, along with further information about cervical screening.

The letters should be sent out to women:

•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 

Women under 25 could be invited up to six months before their 25th birthday and you can book your screening appointment as soon as you get the invitation.

If you haven't had a cervical screening test within the appropriate time, you may be offered one when you next visit your GP, you can also contact your GP practice to book a screening appointment if you're overdue one.

Make sure your GP has your correct name and address, and let them know of any changes so you can be contacted when you're due to have a screening test.

If you're not sure when your next screening test should be, or if you have any questions about the NHS Cervical Screening Programme, ask your GP or practice nurse.