Cervical Screen

Cervical Check – The National Cervical Screening Programme provides free smear tests to women aged 25 to 60.

A smear test is a simple procedure that only takes minutes and is the most effective way to detect changes in the cells of the cervix. These early changes, if not detected, may lead to development of cervical cancer.

To arrange a free smear test you can contact our reception staff for an appointment with our practice nurse.

It is advisable to arrange the appointment approximately 10 days following the first day of your last menstrual bleed. If you are not experiencing regular bleeding you may arrange it at any stage.

Results of your smear are returned to your address 3 weeks following examination. If you do not receive confirmation of these test results please contact our practice nurse any evening from 3-5pm, Monday to Friday.

Women who have already availed of a CervicalCheck smear test since the start of the programme, 1 September 2008, will be automatically re-called by letter when their next smear test is due.

Cervical Screening is recommended in:

25-44 year old women – once every 3 years                                                                                                           

44-60 year old women – once every 5 years