Cervical Screening Information

Picture of Cervical Screening being performed

What is Cervical Screening?

Your questions answered:

  • It is not a test for cancer – it is a test to help prevent cancer
  • The test itself lasts less than 5 minutes (on average) – although the appointment can last up to 20 minutes
  • The test is usually performed by a female doctor or nurse and you can request this when you book
  • A small sample of cells will be taken from your cervix using a soft brush
  • The cells are tested for certain types of human papillomavirus (HPV) that can cause changes to the cells of your cervix
  • Finding high risk HPV early means you can be monitored for abnormal cell changes
  • If these types of HPV are found, the sample is then checked for any changes in the cells of your cervix - these can then be treated before they get a chance to turn into cervical cancer
  • You'll get your results by letter, usually in about 4 weeks
  • Try not to worry if it is taking a long time to get your results, it does not mean anything is wrong, most people will have a normal result
  • You’re still at risk of cervical cancer if you have had the HPV vaccine – it does not protect you from all types of HP

Received an invite to say your cervical screening is due? complete the form below to book:

Cervical Screening Appointment

Front cover of Cervical Smear Guide

What happens at your cervical Screening appointment?

Please click here to view our easy read guide.

Speak to a nurse about Cervical Screening.

Are you still unsure about Cervical Screening? 

Fill in the form below and one of our nurses will arrange a time to contact you to answer your questions.

Speak to a nurse about Cervical Screening