Cervical Screening & HPV Testing

What Is Cervical Screening?

Cervical screening (a smear test) checks the health of your cervix. The cervix is the opening to your womb from your vagina. It’s not a test for cancer; it’s a test to help prevent cancer. We recommend that all women and people with a cervix aged 25 to 64 should have annual Cervical screening.

At The Surrey Park Clinic, you can book a Cervical screening (smear test) appointment with our women’s health specialist GP, Dr Alex Standring, online at a time that is convenient for you. You can also have this done as part of your Initial Consultation with one of our Consultant Gynaecologists.

It is important not to miss your Cervical screening appointments as these can save lives. At The Surrey Park Clinic, we understand no one really likes having a Cervical screening (smear) test, but we try to make your appointment as comfortable as possible. More and more people prefer to have annual cervical screening, and our appointments for Cervical Screening are with our GP, Dr Alex Standring, for £245.

To book an appointment, please book online or call us on 01483 454016.

What Happens during a Cervical Screening Appointment?

If you book a Cervical screening appointment, this will take place with our Women’s Health specialist GP, Dr Alex Standring. The cost of the Cervical screening appointment is £245.

At The Surrey P.ark Clinic, we look holistically at your overall health and book your appointment for 30 minutes.

The Cervical Screening appointment includes:

  • BMI Check
  • Blood pressure Check
  • Consultation
  • Cervical Smear
  • Detailed report following appointment
  • You will receive your results within 7-10 working days
  • Report with results once received

The Cervical screening test will be done by either Dr Standring or your Consultant Gynaecologist and should take no more than 5 minutes.

You may feel some slight discomfort, but the test should not be painful.

Once your results have been received from the laboratory, these will be emailed to you and your GP, along with a report from Dr Standring. However, please note you may be requested to book a Follow-Up appointment with Dr Standring to discuss your results and treatment options (this appointment will be charged separately).

How do I Reduce my risk of Cervical Cancer?

Ensuring you are up to date with your Cervical screening appointments are the best way to reduce your risk of Cervical cancer. Research suggests that Cervical screenings (smear test and HPV testing) save around 1,000 lives every year.

HPV vaccines are also now available. Human papillomavirus vaccines are vaccines that prevent infection by certain types of human papillomavirus. Available HPV vaccines protect against either two, four, or nine types of HPV. All HPV vaccines protect against at least HPV types 16 and 18, which cause the greatest risk of cervical cancer.

 

What is Cervical Cancer?

Cervical cancer is one of the few cancers that is highly preventable. This is because dangerous pre-cancerous cell changes can be picked up in a Cervical screening, and any abnormal cells can be removed before they develop into cervical cancer.

Cervical cancer is the second most common cancer in women under 35 years and causes approximately 1,000 deaths per year in the UK. Most cervical cancers are caused by the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV).

What Are The Symptoms of Cervical Cancer?

Symptoms include:

  • Vaginal bleeding between periods
  • Bleeding during or after sexual intercourse
  • Bleeding at any time if you are past Menopause
  • Vaginal discharge that smells unpleasant
  • Discomfort or pain during sexual intercourse

Book an Appointment

Many of our appointments including scans, blood tests, menopause or gynaecological consultations are available to book on-line by following this link. Alternatively, for fertility and all other appointments, please call 01483 454016