Your smear test records
When you have a smear test, your smear taker will send some information to be stored on the National Cervical Screening Programme Register. This ensures you get your reminders and any follow-up you need, even if you change smear takers.
The register stores:
- all your test results
- information on any assessment or treatment you have received
- your next reminder date
- your NHI number (National Health Index number)
- contact details for sending results.
Your privacy is important – all your information is stored under the Health Information Privacy Code and the Health Act.
Who can access your information
The information collected by the programme is stored on a computer system called the NCSP Register which is managed by the Ministry of Health.
Your cervical screening information may be provided to your health provider (GP, public hospital or health provider managing your care) to make sure you are reminded about your next test and to check that your results are followed up on.
Grouped data (without identifying information) from the register may be provided to people like researchers, or for quality or teaching purposes. There are additional safeguards for Māori women’s data: anyone external who wants to access this data needs to apply to the National Kaitiaki Group for approval.
If you don’t want your information on the register
You can have your records removed from the Register by opting out of the National Cervical Screening Programme.
To make sure you still have regular screening, your preferred provider can work with you to manage your reminders and results.
If you change your mind you can re-enrol at any time.
Find out more at enrolment in the cervical screening programme or call 0800 729 729.