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Coronavirus: advice to stop the spread. Extra restrictions are in place for Kildare, Laois and Offaly

Cervical screening during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic

Cervical screening has restarted. We will send you a letter when it is time for you to book your appointment.

We will closely review public health advice to make sure conditions remain safe for you and our staff.

Who we will screen first

We’re restarting with people who need an early test because they:

  • are due an early repeat screening test - a one-year recall
  • need a repeat test because their last sample could not be tested - a three-month recall
  • have this year become eligible for their first cervical screening test

We are contacting people who are on a yearly recall first. They have been waiting longer for their screening appointment.

Being on a yearly recall does not mean you have cancer. It may be because you have another medical condition, so you need extra monitoring.

When we will send invitation letters

We will send the first invitation letters during the week beginning 6 July 2020.

We will then send invitation letters for routine screening, beginning with people who have been waiting for the longest.

Please wait for your letter asking you to rebook your screening test.

If you are 25 to 30 years of age and having your first test

You may be 25 to 30 years of age and having a test for the first time. If you are, check the CervicalCheck register to make sure we have all the details we need to arrange your test.

Going for your screening test

Your cervical screening test will be the same. But your GP surgery or clinic may be a little different when you go for your appointment.

Change you may notice include:

  • talking with your doctor on the phone before your appointment
  • your nurse or doctor wearing personal protective equipment (PPE)
  • being asked to wear a mask during your appointment
  • being asked to wait outside until it’s time for your appointment
  • fewer people in your healthcare building
  • waiting a little longer for your appointment

Because of this, you should:

  • try to organise childcare, where needed, ahead of your appointment
  • plan to wait a little longer at the surgery for your test, if needed
  • check transport timetables for your return home
  • bring warm clothes or a rain jacket, or both
  • make sure you have enough time on your parking, if driving
  • bring your own pen to sign the screening form
  • keep in touch with your surgery and follow their advice

Follow up treatment

If you need follow-up treatment, colposcopy clinics are being held.

It may seem a little different when you go to the clinic for your next screening appointment.

Change you may notice include:

  • your nurse or doctor wearing some personal protective equipment (PPE)
  • being asked to wait outside until it’s time for your appointment
  • fewer people in your healthcare building
  • having to wait a little longer for your appointment

Your hospital clinic will be in touch with you ahead of your appointment. They will let you know what to expect when coming to the colposcopy clinic.

When you should reschedule an appointment

Phone your GP surgery, screening clinic or colposcopy clinic to reschedule your appointment if you:

  • have symptoms of coronavirus
  • are self-isolating because you are a close contact of someone who has tested positive for coronavirus
  • need to postpone your appointment

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.

Read more about cervical screening and cervical cancer.

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