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What to expect when going for cervical screening

Posted on: Monday, 15th June 2020 by

One common question we are asked is what to expect when going for cervical screening at the moment. We’ve spoken with Jenny, Debra and Tracey who are all nurses about what their GP practice is doing, to give you an idea of the measures that you could see and help you to prepare any questions.

Coping with anxiety

Posted on: Monday, 20th April 2020 by

What can we learn about cervical screening from the most remote place in the UK?

Posted on: Monday, 23rd March 2020 by

Iona Stoddart leads our West of Scotland team and she recently went on a cervical screening tour of the Western Isles. She’s shared the insights this unique part of the world gave her about access to cervical screening. 

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Why the Women’s Institute are focusing on cervical screening

Posted on: Monday, 13th January 2020 by

What’s it like to have a smear test when you have a learning disability?

Posted on: Monday, 21st October 2019 by

Let’s talk about… smear tests after menopause

Posted on: Tuesday, 15th October 2019 by

This blog talks about cervical screening (smear tests) after the menopause, whether natural or triggered by treatment for cervical cancer.

Woman who has gone through menopauseIf you’ve had cervical cancer treatment and are currently going through the menopause or are post-menopausal, you may be having a different kind of test known as a vault smear. This blog post may be useful for you, but you may also need further support from your healthcare team.

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Spotlight on: Jenny Greenfield, Practice Nurse Manager

Posted on: Tuesday, 10th September 2019 by

During our 20th year, we’re speaking to people who have been supporting us throughout the years. Jenny Greenfield is a Practice Nurse Manager in East Sussex and has held many nursing and teaching roles in primary care since 1989. She has trained hundreds of nurses in cervical screening and women’s health. 

Let’s talk about… why sensitivity matters

Posted on: Wednesday, 21st August 2019 by

Ahead of the third and final part of the new Jade Goody documentary on Channel 4, we’re discussing the sorts of conversations it will inspire, and how we can make sure they are as positive as possible.

Let's talk about...how to access smear tests if you have a physical disability

Posted on: Thursday, 8th August 2019 by

We’ve released a new report today highlighting a barrier to cervical screening which is frankly disgraceful: physical disability. We were shocked by what we found.

Two thirds of women with a physical disability say they have been unable to attend cervical screening because of their disability. We heard from others who have been told they can’t have a test and worryingly numbers who have faced stigma and misconceptions along the way.

“The Salons Supporting Screening community will open up conversations and this is what I am most excited about"

Posted on: Tuesday, 25th June 2019 by

In 2016, I was a full-time police officer. I’m also a mum and at the same time was setting up my own business: a hair and beauty salon which I opened in the March. Needless to say, life was very hectic! It had been about 8 years since I last attended cervical screening (a smear test). My shifts would often change meaning I would have to cancel appointments, and so it was very easy to put it off.