Smear tests save lives
Our registered nurses are qualified and experienced smear-takers. Patients can have a cervical smear with either their GP or a nurse.
Some patients are eligible for a FREE smear with a nurse, please ask the nursing staff if you are eligible for this.
Early treatment is highly successful. Since the national screening programme started, the number of women who die of cervical cancer has dropped by nearly two thirds. If every woman you know was tested regularly, the number could drop even lower.
Why have a regular smear test
Most cervical cancers develop from an infection called HPV, the human papillomavirus. Almost everybody is exposed to this virus if they have ever been sexually active. With regular smear tests (every 3 years) problems can be detected early and treated before cancer develops.