What happens when you go for a cervical screening test?
1. What happens when you go for a cervical screening test
2. Booking your cervical screening test
3. Cervical screening test appointment
4. Labs we use
5. Private cervical screening tests
6. Your personal information
You can have a free cervical screening test (smear test) once you:
- are a woman aged 25 to 60 and have a cervix (neck of the womb)
- attend a GP or clinic registered with CervicalCheck
- sign a consent form at your screening test appointment
If you are on our register, we will send you a letter. This is to remind you when you should have your next test.
You don't need to be on our register to have a test. You also don't need to get a letter to have a test.
If your screening test is due, you can go ahead and make an appointment with your GP or clinic.
The steps you will most likely take when having a screening test are:
- You book your screening test with a registered GP or clinic for a time that suits you.
- You sign a consent form at your screening test appointment.
- A GP or nurse will take your test sample.
- We send your test sample to a laboratory contracted by us.
- Two laboratory experts examine your test sample.
- Your result is sent to your GP or clinic.
- We send you a letter to tell you that your results are available.
- You will get your result from your GP or clinic.
- If your result shows abnormalities, you may need to have a follow up appointment. Your GP or nurse will recommend to you what this follow up should be.
- If your result is normal, we will send you a letter about your next screening test in 3 or 5 years time, depending on your age.