WHY DO I NEED A SMEAR TEST?
All women from age 25 to 64 are invited for cervical screening every 5 years in Scotland.
A smear test checks the cells from your cervix for HPV (human papillomavirus), which is the main cause of cervical cancer. If HPV is found, then the cells are checked for changes. The aim of cervical screening is to reduce the number of women who develop cervical cancer.
HPV can be transmitted through sexual contact or skin to skin contact in the genital area. You should still have smear tests if you have had the HPV vaccine.
Click on https://www.nhsinform.scot/healthy-living/screening/cervical/cervical-screening-smear-test#overview for more information.
HOW TO BOOK A SMEAR TEST
You can book your Smear test today with the Practice Nurse. It is important to book your test for a time when you are not menstruating.
The test takes only 5 mins. It involves inserting a speculum into the vagina in order to get a view of the cervix, then using a soft brush to collect cells from the cervix itself.
Samples are sent to a laboratory and test results posted to your home address directly.
Please call us on 0131 561 1900 to book your appointment