Cervical Screening

  • Cervical screening (a smear test) checks the health of your cervix. The cervix is the opening to your womb from your vagina. 
  • It’s not a test for cancer, it’s a test to help prevent cancer.
  • All women and people with a cervix aged 25 to 64 should be invited by letter. 
  • During the screening appointment, a small sample of cells will be taken from your cervix. 
  • The sample is tested for changes to the cells of your cervix. 
  • Finding abnormal changes early means they can be monitored or treated so they do not get a chance to turn into cervical cancer. 
  • You’ll get your results by letter, usually in about 2 weeks.

Please phone reception on 01202 680111 to book an appointment.

Cervical screening saves 5000 lives a year. It is not a test for cervical cancer, it is a screening test to detect abnormalities in the cells of the cervix at an early stage.

Please don’t ignore your invitation. It takes just a few minutes and could save your life.
  • First time or nervous? tell the nurse/doctor, try to relax and distract your mind
  • Worried about discomfort? Ask the nurse/doctor to use a smaller speculum
  • Feeling embarrassed? Wear a skirt as you can keep this on during the test
  • Don’t want to go alone? Take a friend to wait in the waiting room with you
  • Undergone FGM/cutting? Tell the nurse/doctor
  • Not sure what to expect? Go to www.jostrust.org.uk or call 0808 802 800

Download or view our smear test guide


Try not to put off cervical screening. It’s one of the best ways to protect yourself from cervical cancer.

If you are a trans man or a non-binary person with a cervix aged 25-64, you are eligible for cervical screening.

You can arrange to be screened with your GP practice or a local sexual health clinic. For more information visit: nhs.uk/cervicalscreening

To help support women and people with a learning disability to get screened, The Eve Appeal have launched an Easy Read guide to cervical screening.

You can access the Easy Read guide to cervical screening here: https://bit.ly/3b9T81b

Our Ask Eve nurse information service is also here to help anyone with any questions or concerns about cervical screening. It is free and confidential to use. People can get in touch with Ask Eve on [email protected] or 0808 802 0019.