Women between the ages of 20-65 years are recommended to have regular cervical smears every 3-5 years, to check that the neck of the womb is healthy and that there are no signs of changes that could develop into cancer. The examination is simple and not painful. These are carried out by the Doctors or Practice Nurse.
A proportion of smears are recalled for repeats sooner than would be envisaged. This is often due to there being insufficient material on the smear to allow a diagnosis to be made and not because there is any abnormality identified.