The practice nurses provide a cervical cancer screening service. When you are between the ages of 24 and 25, you will receive your first invitation for cervical screening.
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. We do not offer smear appointments on a Friday afternoon or a Saturday as they cannot be left until the Monday to be collected by the courier.
Think you might be having problems, have a look at the NHS Choices vagina problems slides.