From Monday 29 June, anyone who was invited for cervical screening before the pause should contact their GP practice to make an appointment. This applies to anyone who was yet to make an appointment or who had made an appointment which was then cancelled.
Appointment invitations and reminders will be posted from mid-July, with invitations sent to those who receive more frequent (non-routine) cervical screening appointments first.
Routine screening will recommence once NHS Scotland has caught up with non-routine appointments affected by the pause.
Cervical screening is the best way of finding out if you are at risk of cervical cancer
Who will be offered screening
Cervical screening is routinely offered to women and anyone with a cervix between the ages 25 and 64.
If you need more regular screening, you will be invited up to 70 years of age.
Anyone who was due their last screening invite during the pause will get one – regardless of age.
Coronavirus symptoms, self-isolating and shielding
If you have symptoms of coronavirus, or have been in contact with someone who does, you should not go to your cervical screening appointment.
Contact your GP practice and let them know you have coronavirus symptoms. They can help rearrange your appointment for after you have isolated.
If you're in shielding, you may want to discuss your risk of coronavirus with the healthcare professional who helps you manage any conditions. It may also help to contact your GP practice and ask what safety measures they have in place.
Shielding information may change, so check the most up-to-date advice on shielding.
Making an appointment
If you have had your cervical screening invitation, you can contact your GP practice to book an appointment.
However, it may take some time before your GP practice can offer you an appointment, as they prepare the practice to keep you and their staff safe.
Attending your appointment
It's your choice whether to book an appointment for cervical screening.
Safety measures have been put in place to keep you and their staff safe and well. If you want to know what your GP practice is doing, contact them by phone.
Most GP practices are asking that you don’t take anyone, including children, to your appointment to keep you and everyone who works there as safe and well as possible.
You may be able to have an extra member of staff with you, if having another person in the room is helpful. This person is sometimes called a chaperone.
If you find cervical screening difficult without having a trusted person with you, or need them for assistance, tell your GP practice.
If you have a childcare issue or need to have your child with you for another reason, tell your GP practice. They may be allowed to come with you.
Cervical cancer symptoms
Should you have any symptoms of cervical cancer it's important you contact your GP practice.
A doctor should assess you over the phone or by video call. They can decide whether you need a face-to-face appointment to do a further examination.
Cervical cancer is rare, so the likelihood that your symptoms are caused by cervical cancer is low, but it's still important to get medical advice.
You should still get your results within 2 weeks after your appointment.
If you don't receive your results within the expected time, you can phone your GP practice to ask when they might arrive.
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