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Cervical Screening

Today is the start of Public Health England's brand new Cervical Screening campaign to help raise the importance of attending screening.

Cervical screening can stop cancer before it starts. Don’t ignore your cervical screening invite.

If you missed your last one, book an appointment with your GP practice today

Things to ask when you book

It's OK to let the GP surgery know if you have any worries about going for cervical screening.

✅ let them know if you'd like a woman to do the test – most nurses and doctors who take cervical screening samples are female
✅ let them know if you'd like someone else to be in the room with you (a chaperone) – this could be someone you know, another nurse or a trained member of staff
✅ ask for a longer appointment if you think you might need more time – some GPs can offer a double booking
✅ let them know if you're finding the test more difficult after going through the menopause – they can prescribe a vaginal oestrogen cream or pessary before the test
✅ ask for a smaller speculum (a smooth, tube-shaped tool that's put into your vagina so they can see your cervix)

❎ try not to be embarrassed about talking to the nurse or doctor on the day – they're trained to make you feel more comfortable and provide support

Please visit the updated NHS pages www.nhs.uk/conditions/cervical-screening for more information about screening.

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