The practice nurses provide a cervical cancer screening service. See national guidelines.
The test involves the nurse doing a vaginal examination and taking a sample of the cells on the surface of the neck of the womb (the cervix). The sample is then examined under the microscope at the lab.
The aim is to look for and identify cancer warning cells. If these are found then treatment can be organised to prevent cervical cancer ever developing.
Patients between the ages of 25-64 are routinely called for smear tests.
If you have any concerns or questions do not hesitate to consult your GP or Practice Nurse.
NHS Choices – for further information.