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Coronavirus: Stay at home

Health information and advice to stop the spread of coronavirus.

Cervical screening and coronavirus (COVID-19)

Cervical screening is paused until further notice. It will begin again when it is safe to do so.

This is because of:

  • government advice to stay at home to stop the spread of coronavirus
  • social distancing guidelines to protect staff and patients
  • redeployment of staff and resources to support the response to coronavirus

All test appointments are cancelled and invitations to screening are paused.

Colposcopy clinics are still being held. But some appointments may be postponed.

If you are worried about symptoms that might mean you have cervical cancer, phone your GP. Never ignore symptoms.

You can contact CervicalCheck on Freephone 1800 45 45 55. Ask to speak with one of our lead nurses.

Appointments for cervical screening

All cervical screening test appointments are cancelled.

This includes appointments for:

  • routine cervical screening
  • follow-up screening tests after colposcopy
  • yearly recall screening tests
  • repeat tests due to inadequate samples

If you have made an appointment to have a cervical screening test, cancel this appointment. Your GP may also phone you to cancel it.

You can rebook your screening test appointment when we are offering cervical screening again.

Being on a yearly recall does not mean you have cancer. You may be on a yearly recall because you have another medical condition. This may be why you need extra monitoring.

Cell changes on the cervix usually take many years to develop.

But be aware of symptoms. Phone your GP if you have any concerns.

Invitation for screening

If you've recently got an invitation letter for screening, don't try to make an appointment yet.

We will update this web page when we are able to offer cervical screening again.

You can book an appointment with your GP or clinic when we are able to offer cervical screening again.

Symptoms - phone your GP

If you have symptoms that could mean you have cervical cancer, phone your GP.

Symptoms to look out for include:

  • bleeding between periods
  • vaginal spotting or unusual discharge
  • pain during sex
  • bleeding after sex
  • pain in your pelvis (anywhere between your belly button and the top of your thighs)

Cell changes on the cervix usually take many years to develop.

A cervical screening test is usually not recommended if you have symptoms of cervical cancer.

Cervical cancer - symptoms

Results of cervical screening

If you had a cervical screening test before screening was paused, you will get your results as normal. You’ll get a letter in the post when they’re ready.

If you need further tests, we will contact you.

Contact us if you have a query about your result letter.

Your cervical screening results

Colposcopy

Colposcopy clinics are still being held.

Your appointment should go ahead as scheduled if:

  • it is safe for you and others that you attend
  • your colposcopy clinic is able to see you

But phone your clinic before attending. This is to check that they are still seeing people. Some clinics may be operating on a limited basis.

You should also phone the colposcopy clinic to make another appointment if you:

Colposcopy - contact a clinic

When screening will begin again

Cervical screening will begin again as soon as it is safe to do so.

When screening restarts:

  • colposcopy appointments will be rescheduled on a priority basis
  • invitations letters for screening will be sent out

page last reviewed: 27/03/2020
next review due: 27/03/2023