Cervical Smears

The Effectiveness of Cervical Smears

Cervical screening now prevents approximately 5,000 deaths from cervical cancer per year in the UK, and the incidence of cervical cancer has fallen by 42% between 1988 and 1997. This fall is directly related to the cervical screening program.

Who Should Have Cervical Smears

If you are a woman between the ages of 25 and 65, it is important that you have regular cervical smears.

There is a robust system of invitation and recall as well as provision of results by the local Cervical Screening Programme. Women will be sent an invite to have a cervical smear when they are due or overdue a smear.

When you receive this invitation from the Cervical Screening Programme it is important that you make an appointment for a cervical smear.

If you change your address it is important that you let your doctor know the new address as soon as possible.

Protocol for invitations for Cervical Screening

Age Group:

First Invitation
3 yearly
5 yearly
Only for those whose last 3 tests included an abnormal result

Cervical Smear Results

The result of your cervical smear will take approximately 6-8 weeks to be available. The result will be posted directly to you at your home address from the Cervical Screening Program.

If your smear is normal, then you will be automatically invited to have another smear in 3 –5 years, depending on your age group (see table above).

If you receive an abnormal result, and you have not already spoken to your doctor or received information from your doctor about the result, then please contact your doctor as soon as possible.

Where to Have a Cervical Smear

At Caldbeck Surgery you can book an appointment with any of the doctors for your cervical smear, or alternatively book an appointment  with Judith Mandale or Lorraine Errington, our practice nurses who are fully trained in cervical smear taking.

Alternatively you can have a cervical smear at the Family Planning Clinic in Carlisle, Click Here for more information.

Please note that cervical smears require a 20-minute appointment slot.

For more information visit www.cancerscreening.nhs.uk