‘Cervical screening saves lives’ says national campaign
14 February 2022: Today the Department of Health and Social Care, together with NHS England and NHS Improvement, are launching a Help Us Help You – Cervical Screening Campaign, to highlight the benefits of cervical screening and remind people that that it can help stop cancer before it starts. The campaign encourages those eligible for screening – women and people with a cervix aged 25-64 – to respond to their cervical screening invitation letters and to book an appointment at their GP practice if they missed their last one.
Two women die every day from cervical cancer in England. Yet it is one of the most preventable cancers and getting screened can help stop it before it starts. Screening helps prevent cervical cancer by checking for a virus called high-risk HPV which causes nearly all cervical cancers. This is the best way to find out who is at higher risk of developing the cervical cell changes that over time could potentially lead to cervical cancer. Any cervical cell changes can be treated, preventing cervical cancer. Don’t be alarmed if you have HPV as it does not mean you have cervical cancer – it’s a common virus that most people will get at some point in their lives.
It has been estimated that in England, cervical screening prevents 70% of cervical cancer deaths and that if everyone attended screening regularly, 83% of cervical cancer deaths could be prevented.
Women and people with a cervix aged 25-64 are eligible for screening. Those registered as female with their GP practice are invited for routine screening every three years if they are aged 25-49 and every five years if they are aged 50-64. Those registered as male will need to request an appointment from their GP or a local sexual health clinic.
The campaign provides information and tips to those who may be worried or embarrassed about cervical screening. Click here to find out more.
Booking a cervical screening (smear test) at The Wolverton
We are currently only able to offer cervical screening to individuals who have received a letter inviting them for a test AND who are registered with a GP practice within one of the London boroughs shown on the map below.
Please complete the form at the bottom of this page and we will contact you to book an appointment.
If you live within the borough of Kingston and believe you require cervical screening but do not fulfill the above criteria for any reason please contact us to discuss testing.
Once you have had a test:
We will send you a text message with your result within 2-4 weeks.
Cervical Screening London will also send you a letter with your result within 2-4 weeks. Please contact your GP if you have not received a letter after this time.
More information about cervical screening and what test results mean can be found here:
Online form to request a cervical screening test:
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