A cervical screening test – also known as a smear test – is a method of detecting abnormal cells on the cervix. It is a vital test to help detect abnormal cervical cells that can cause cervical cancer.
It is possible for women of all ages to develop cervical cancer; however the condition mostly affects sexually active women aged between 30 and 45. The condition is rare, but not impossible, in women under 25.
Having regular screenings means that any abnormal changes in the cells of the cervix can be discovered and identified at the earliest stages and, if needed, treated to stop cervical cancer developing.
How It Works
All of our cervical screening tests are conducted by doctors, not nurses. You’ll be asked to undress from the waist down and lie on our medical couch. We can provide a sheet for modesty if you would like.
The doctor will then gently insert a smooth medical instrument, called a speculum, into your vagina – this instrument holds the walls of the vagina open so that the cervix can be easily accessed and seen. A small brush will be used to collect some cells from the surface of your cervix. The procedure may be slightly uncomfortable for some woman, especially if they are nervous. But it should not be painful. If you are nervous, or in pain, please let your doctor know and steps can be taken to lessen these feelings.
- Your consultation with the doctor and test that follows will take 30 minutes in total
- Your results will be ready in only 2-3 working days
- You will be asked if you would like your NHS GP (if applicable) informed of your appointment with us and any results. If you do, we will arrange this.
- If applicable, we can arrange referrals to Colposcopy, who manage abnormal results.
The consultation and cervical screen test costs £255.
(When you book your appointment we will ask for a £50 deposit to secure the appointment. The £50 will be deducted from the cost of your consultation.)
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