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The practice nurses provide a cervical cancer screening service. See national guidelines.
The test involves the nurse doing a vaginal examination and taking a sample of the cells on the surface of the neck of the womb (the cervix). The sample is then examined under the microscope at the lab.
The aim is to look for and identify cancer warning cells. If these are found then treatment can be organised to prevent cervical cancer ever developing.
We cannot do smears that are not due, so please book an appointment after you have received a reminder letter only.
NHS Choices - for further information
Videos from NHS Choices
A smear test is a screening method to detect pre-cancerous cells. A gynaecologist explains what the test involves, why you should have it and how often.
A group of teenage girls and a GP explain how the HPV vaccine can reduce the risk of cervical cancer.