Cervical Screening

It is still as important as it has always been for you to attend your cervical screening appointments. If your test is due, please book an appointment.
We are doing everything we can to keep everybody safe during this time. Our staff will be wearing PPE (face masks, visors, aprons, gloves, etc). When you attend for your appointment, your temperature will be checked at the door, there is also a bottle of hand gel to use upon entry. We ask that you please also wear a face covering when you attend.
The amount of patients in the waiting room at any one time is limited, to maintain social distancing. If you need to have someone with you for support, you can have someone wait for you at the door, or a member of staff can be present during the test as a chaperone.

Everything you need to know about cervical screening:

Cervical screening, or the “smear test”, is a routine health check that identifies potentially harmful cells and changes on the cervix. Cervical screening is not a test for cancer but catching any changes early can reduce your risk of developing cervical cancer. Cervical cancer kills two women every day. Regular screenings can help reduce that number, which is why it’s so important you attend your screening when invited.

Our nurses are trained to do all they can to put you at ease during your appointment and are on hand to answer any questions or concerns you may have. However, whether you attend your screening or not, is ultimately your choice.

If you’re due to have a cervical screening, you’ll receive an invite letter in the post. Don’t ignore it, book your cervical screening here today.

If you missed your previous appointment or are unsure if you are due a screening, please contact us and we will book you an appointment if you’re due.

Dr Dawn Harper joins cervical screening campaign

'Together we can stop cervical cancer before it starts'. Dr Dawn Harper, NHS GP, talks about the new campaign launched by Public Health England, encouraging women to accept their invite for their cervical screening test.#CervicalScreeningSavesLives

Posted by Dorset County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust on Thursday, March 28, 2019