Cervical Screening Test

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Dr Penman offers cervical screening tests in his routine gynaecology clinic. Read the information below and follow the guide to book an appointment.

You can fill in the online appointment form (link below) or ring the Spire Alexandra Hospital to make an appointment in one of Dr Penman’s gynaecology clinics.


Why Do I Need A Cervical Screening Test?

A cervical screening test tests for abnormal cells on the cervix. These abnormal cells can sometimes lead to cervical cancer, so having regular cervical screening tests is important to detect these cells early so they can be removed.

PLEASE NOTE: The cervical screening test is NOT a test for cancer, but for abnormal cells on the cervix that can lead to cancer.


Why Should I Go For A Private Cervical Screening Test?

On the NHS…

cervical screening tests are only offered to women:

  • aged 25 to 49 – every 3 years
  • aged 50 to 64 – every 5 years
  • over 65 – only women who have recently had abnormal test results

With the NHS, it can take 2-6 weeks (or, in some cases, even longer) to hear the results of your screening test. Regardless of your age, if your test results are abnormal the NHS will re-check the results and may retest, but then only invite you back for testing after 1-5 years.


Privately with Dr Penman…

Dr Penman recommends cervical screening tests to women:

  • aged 18 years+ – every 3 years

With Dr Penman, you’ll hear the results within 10 days and can come back for an appointment at any time. If your test results are abnormal, Dr Penman will contact you to discuss any necessary further treatment options. If you wish to have any treatment privately, Dr Penman can organize this for you.

PLEASE NOTE: Dr Penman recommends NOT coming for an appointment when you are on your period.


What Happens At My Cervical Screening Appointment?

Dr Penman will take a brief gynaecological history.  He’s then ask you to undress from the waist down and lie on a bed. A female nurse will join you at this part of the appointment.

Dr Penman will then insert a speculum into your vagina, this gently holds the wall of the vagina open allowing for easy access with the cervical brush to take a sample of cells.  The speculum can be a little uncomfortable, but Dr Penman has a lot of experience in doing this and will be as gentle as possible.  He has frequently taken cervical samples from patients who have a history of difficulties in obtaining cervical cells.

A sample of the cervical cells is then taken using cervical brush. The brush is then placed in a bottle of preserving liquid and sent to the laboratory.


How Long Is The Appointment?

The whole appointment will take 15 minutes.

When you book your appointment, please tell the booking clerk that you would like a cervical smear test.


When Will I Hear My Results?

Your cervical screening test result takes around 10 days. Dr Penman will email you with the result and send a copy of the result to you in the post. It is a good idea for you to pass this onto your GP so they have a copy of the result too.

If there are any details that require discussion regarding your cervical smear test result, Dr Penman will ring you and discuss the findings with you and invite you back for a follow-up consultation where he can discuss them further and recommend any further treatment if this is necessary.

Abnormal Results

Approximately 1 in 20 cervical screening tests show cervical changes. The majority will not lead to cancer as the cells will return to normal over time. However, in some cases, the cells will remain abnormal and require treatment to ensure that they do not become cancerous. Should your test show abnormal results, Dr Penman will advise you and arrange further treatment if required.


The Cost Of The Cervical Screening Appointment

Dr Penman charges £118 for a gynaecological consultation with cervical screening test.

This charge includes all the laboratory fees so there is nothing further to pay.




More Information

For more information on the cervical screening test, please click the button below.




Booking A Cervical Screening Test

You can book a cervical screening test by clicking on the blue appointment button below.

Alternatively, please visit the Contact Us page and ring the Spire Alexandra Hospital.



  • Please make sure that you are not menstruating when you come for your appointment as this makes the collection of cells from the cervix impossible.
  • When you book your appointment, please tell the booking clerk that you would like a cervical screening test performed as this affects the length of the appointment required.


  1. Hi dear Dr
    Im 21 years oly and I just got my biopsy result right now and it was written”-Erosive acute on chronic cervicitis with focal reactive changes Vs. low-grade squamous intraepithelial lesion.” in that ;so I wanted to know is it dangerous or not? And how i am feeling!
    From far away 🌸

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