COVID-19 and cervical screening
The National Cervical Screening Programme has recommenced, with safeguards in place to ensure the ongoing safety of participants and staff.
If you have missed or are due an appointment
If you have missed a screening appointment or are due for your next screen, your health provider will be sending you an invitation. Please be aware there could be some delay as the programme deals with the backlog that accumulated while services were on hold.
Women who are assessed as being at higher risk, such as those who have history of abnormal cells, will be invited to screen first.
If you have an existing medical condition or are over 70 the decision to be screened will be made on a case-by-case basis by your health provider.
Getting your results
Results from screening tests are being processed. If you have had a screening test, your provider will let you know the results, as normal. If you don’t receive your results, please contact them.
If you need further investigation
If your test result comes back needing urgent attention, rest assured, your health provider will refer you to colposcopy for assessment and they will be working to prioritise you being seen as soon as is possible.
Your provider will ask you questions to check for any potential COVID-19 symptoms prior to your appointment. This is to ensure we keep our staff and fellow participants safe. If you have symptoms, that could indicate you have COVID-19, then please do not attend your appointment. Instead, please call the dedicated COVID-19 Healthline number on 0800 358 5453.
If you are worried about how you will be able to attend your appointment, please discuss any concerns with your provider. They can work with you to find a solution to issues such as child care or financial problems, rather than you missing your test.
It’s your choice who you visit for cervical screening. As well as GPs, family planning and some community health providers offer cervical screening. These include low-cost and free options.