Providing useful information for people with learning disabilities, their carers and all health professionals

Having a Smear Test

Dont put it off, have your smear test

Please watch this really helpful video clip that will show you what a smear test is and how important it is.

Remember if you dont understand or need more time to think about things ask the practice nurse, our health promotion team  can also help you.

Please click on the following links for more information.

This leaflet will show you what is involved when having a smear test.

Having a smear test

This information leaflet aims to help make sure cervical screening is equally accessible to women who have a learning disability or who struggle with written English.

The content of the easy guide is based on the information in our standard national leaflet. We have made it easier to read by writing in clear, simple sentences and using photos and other artwork to illustrate each important message.

The new resource is called the ‘Having a Smear Test’ easy read guide because service users with learning disabilities told us that they understand the term ‘smear test’ much better than the term ‘cervical screening’.

The easy guide explains:
•why the NHS offers cervical screening
•what to expect on the day of the test
•the possible benefits and risks of accepting the offer of cervical screening

Cervical screening reduces the number of deaths from cervical cancer by finding potentially harmful cells before they become cancerous, ensuring women get the right treatment as soon as possible.

Evidence shows that eligible women with a learning disability are less likely to have cervical screening compared to women without a learning disability. This leaves them at risk of undetected cervical cancer.





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