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Cervical Screening 

We operate a call and recall system. Please cooperate as the incidence of abnormal smears is increasing and detecting early changes affects the long-term prognosis. Women are called for their first smear at 24 and a half years. Recall for patients is 3 yearly between the ages of 25 and 49yrs, and every 5 years from 50 to 64yrs. Vaginal bleeding after menopause requires an appointment.

In order to book for a smear please request a double appointment with the practice nurse. Patient are advised to collect a letter with their smear test results and next recall date from reception 2 weeks after their smear test was taken. We would be grateful if you too take responsibility for your own health by noting your recall date and booking an appointment at the appropriate interval as advised by the practice. Additionally as part of the national programme for cervical screening, you may receive a recall letter directly from the NHS Lincolnshire.

Abnormal smear test samples are tested for HPV (Human Papilloma Virus) as this affects the risk for women. HPV is a common virus and there are around 40 different types, some of which are low risk and some of which high risk. If the sample is HPV positive for a high risk infection, the woman is referred for colposcopy. The HOV test is important because it allows earlier identification of women who need treatment and women with either borderline or mild dyskariosis have only around a 15-20% chance of having a significant abnormality that requires treatment. Women whose smear test shows abnormal calls but it HPV risk negative has a negligible risk of cancer and can be returned to normal screening.

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