College Surgery Partnership

Tel: 01884 831300

Opening Times: 8.30am-6.30pm

Culm Valley Integrated Centre For Health, Willand Rd, Cullompton, Devon, EX15 1FE

Cervical Smear Tests

Cervical smears are advised for all women aged 25 to 65. Up to the age of 50 you should be checked every 3 years. After 50 you will be checked every 5 years.

A cervical smear is NOT a "cancer test". It is special because it can detect changes in the cervix before cancer sets in. These changes are easily treated, usually by laser and this prevents the cancer developing later.

The practice nurses provide a cervical cancer screening service. See national guidelines

The test involves the nurse doing a vaginal examination and taking a sample of the cells on the surface of the neck of the womb (the cervix). The sample is then examined under the microscope at the lab.

The aim is to look for and identify cancer warning cells. If these are found then treatment can be organised to prevent cervical cancer ever developing.

To have your smear simply book an appointment with the practice nurses.

External Links

NHS Choices - for further information

Videos from NHS Choices

A smear test is a screening method to detect pre-cancerous cells. A gynaecologist explains what the test involves, why you should have it and how often.

A group of teenage girls and a GP explain how the HPV vaccine can reduce the risk of cervical cancer.