Cervical screening saves 5,000 lives a year in the UK, you will be invited as part of the national screening programme to attend for a smear test. However, cervical screening is no longer available on the NHS for women between the ages of 18 and 25. If you fall into this age bracket it’s still important to get tested regularly.
If you are feeling anxious beforehand, you can ask a member of your family or friend to accompany you.
Cervical screening is NOT a test to find cancer. It can help us detect signs of any abnormal cells that might be at risk of becoming cancerous cells in the future and regular cervical screening gives you the best protection against developing cervical cancer.
Between 90 and 94% of all screening results come back normal, with no abnormalities found. It is important to remember that an abnormal screening result rarely means cancer.
If you are worried or concerned and would like a smear test at any stage then please feel free to speak to one of our experienced client advisors and GPs about this test who will be able to help.
What if my smear test results are abnormal?
Abnormal smear results are not uncommon and don’t necessarily mean you are at risk of developing cervical cancer. You may be referred for a colposcopy which simply involves a close examination of your cervix and which our GPs can perform.
The majority of abnormal smears are caused by a virus known as HPV, which we can test for alongside your smear. One of our GPs will go through your results with you and explain what has been found and any next steps.
A cervical smear and HPV test can be performed in a £55.00 GP consultation for a full consultation and follow up.
If you'd like to book an appointment or make an enquiry, please give us a call on 0300 247 0121.
We are DDA compliant, with wheelchair access to the building and a consulting room and disabled toilet on the ground floor. We are currently having a ramp built to allow easy wheelchair access. In the meantime we are using something called a ‘stair climber’ so wheelchair users can access the building while the works are being completed. Our client advisors will be able to assist with any other requirements you may have.
Anyone can use our clinic alongside their NHS GP if they wish to. We take your privacy extremely seriously and will only use your personal information to administer your account and to provide the services you have requested from us.
We have both male and female doctors as part of our team and we will always do our best to accommodate your request for a preferred doctor. You can select an appointment with your choice of doctor online.
We don’t take a payment upfront for our GP services. We always request that you tell us as soon as possible if you can’t attend an appointment. We do take a payment upfront for our consultant appointments and that can be done at the time of booking. We’ll be more than happy to cancel or re-schedule any consultant appointments for free up to 24 hours before your appointment. If your appointment is less than 24 hours away, our policy is that we ask for 50% of your total booking fee as a late cancellation fee. If you feel you may be late for your appointment, please contact us on 0300 247 0121 and we will do what we can to help you.
Your doctor may feel that further tests, for example blood tests, are needed in order to confirm any diagnosis. Please bear in mind that you will need need to pay for these additional tests yourself, but whether you decide to go ahead with these is up to you. You should always feel your doctor has given you enough information to help you make an informed decision about any of the options for additional services they might go through with you.
Currently unless you are a non-UK resident we are unable to directly accept any PMI or private health insurance. In some cases for non-UK residents your international health insurance may mean that you can use Virgin Care Private as part of your policy. Please check with your insurer. Any additional tests that your doctor may feel are necessary may also be available through the NHS. If you are interested in this please ask the doctor or consultant to advise. Unfortunately most UK-based private health insurance schemes do not cover primary care (such as private GP consultations), though some insurance companies require specialist referrals to be made by a GP (private or NHS) before they will cover the cost. Some policies cover the cost of laboratory tests. We are not able to liaise with insurance companies directly, and you will therefore need to pay for your treatment as a private patient. We will provide you with an itemised invoice to assist you in reclaiming any payments your insurance company may be able to cover.
Yes! One of the benefits of seeing a private doctor is to provide you with a choice of specialists, if you need more specialised care. Your GP will suggest one or more of our carefully selected specialist consultants who are experts in their field; you or your GP will then choose who would be best to see.