What help do you need from your GP practice?


At your cervical screening (smear test) appointment, a nurse takes a sample of cells from your cervix using a small, soft brush. The test only takes a few minutes.

Everyone with a cervix should go for cervical screening.

Cervical screening is one of the best ways to protect yourself from cervical cancer.

Finding high risk HPV early means you can be monitored for abnormal cell changes.

Abnormal changes can be treated so they do not get a chance to turn into cervical cancer.

Some recent feedback we received: “I recently had to attend for my Cervical screening, not something that I actively ‘look forward to’ I have to say that the nurse I had was amazing!! Very reassuring, kind and considerate. I know some people avoid attending their screenings! Nurses such as these mean that there isn’t a need to do so.

In and out in under 10 minutes for something that could potentially save your life! Make sure you book your appointments!”


  • wear something you can leave on during the test, like a skirt or long jumper
  • bring someone with you for support
  • try breathing exercises to help you relax – ask the nurse about these
  • ask the nurse to use a smaller speculum
  • ask the nurse about lying in a different position – such as on your side with your knees pulled up to your chest
  • bring something to listen to or read during the test