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cervical screening

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.

Categories: cervical screening

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. 

"What does it all mean?!” – We answer your most common cervical cell change questions

Posted on: Wednesday, 12th June 2019 by

Why cell changes?

Posted on: Sunday, 9th June 2019 by

The cervical screening programme has discouraged LGBT people from attending in the past. But things are beginning to change.

Posted on: Monday, 13th May 2019 by

I guess everyone has familiar thoughts which come to mind when one is en route to a cervical screening appointment.

I bet they range from the mundane – “will the room be cold?” - To – “it’s fantastic the NHS offers the chance to have cervical screening free of charge”.

I imagine that a small, but significant group of women will walk through the door as I often did thinking – what am I doing to say when they ask that question. 

Categories: cervical screening LGBT

What is HPV self-sampling?

Posted on: Friday, 12th April 2019 by

You might have seen recently in the news that there is going to be a pilot scheme in London looking at the best way to offer self-sampling to women as part of the cervical screening programme. We know that lots of people have questions about self-sampling and about this pilot, so hopefully the below will help.