Independent sector cervical screening
Primary care colleagues have raised concerns regarding women
undertaking cervical cytology testing at independent facilities
i.e. "private smear tests". Cervical cytology samples undertaken in
the Independent Sector are not part of the national screening
programme. Colleagues felt it would be helpful if GPs/practices
were made aware of the issue.
All eligible women (aged from 25-64) will automatically receive
their invitation letter from the Call/Recall Agency to attend for
screening. Women who have cervical samples taken outside the NHS
cervical screening programme may contact their GP to say that they
have had cervical cytology done privately.
The GP/practice should then advise the woman that her private
cervical cytology test results are not captured in the NHS
screening programme and that she is eligible and for her routine
test and should attend for this.
However, please be aware that there should be a 3 month interval
between any private sample and one taken as part of the NHSCSP to
ensure an adequate sample has been taken.
(Last updated March 30th 2016)