Cervical Screening

What does Frome Medical Practice offer? 

Cervical screening (a smear test) checks the health of your cervix and is a test to help prevent cancer.

All women and people with a cervix between the ages of 25 and 64 should go for regular cervical screening. You'll get a letter in the post inviting you to make an appointment. When you’ll be invited will vary slightly, depending on your age:

Age When you'll be invited
Under 25 Up to 6 months before you turn 25
25 - 49 Every 3 years
50 - 64 Every 5 years
65 or older Only if 1 of your last 3 tests was abnormal

You can book an appointment at the Practice as soon as you get a letter. It is preferable to take the smear during the middle of your cycle.

If you missed your last cervical screening you do not need to wait for a letter to book an appointment.

Cervical screening – sometimes called a smear test -  is undertaken by the Practice Nurse and appointments can be booked online or by calling us on 01373 301301.

It’s important to speak to a healthcare professional if you’re worried about symptoms of cervical cancer, including bleeding between periods, during or after sex, or after you’ve been through the menopause or if you experience unusual vaginal discharge. Do not wait for your next cervical screening appointment to contact us about this - 01373 301301.

Other support available

More information on cervical screening including why it’s important, what happens at your appointment and when cervical screening is not recommended is available here.

For support on experiences such as cervical cancer or cell changes (abnormal cells) visit the Jo’s Cervical CancerTrust website.