Smear Test in Shrewsbury and Wolverhampton

A smear test, also referred to as a cervical screening, is a straightforward procedure which checks the health of your cervix. The NHS recommends that women take part in a cervical screening every three years between the age of 25-49 and every five years between the age of 50 and 64.

A smear test is an important tool in early prevention of cervical cancer and is conducted in a discreet manner, taking only 10 minutes. During the procedure, cells are taken from the cervix and tested for certain types of high-risk human papillomavirus (HPV). If these types of HPV are detected, then more tests can be done and treatment can be arranged if necessary to prevent the onset of cancer caused by changing cells.

Summerfield Healthcare is a private healthcare provider offering the best medical care from highly qualified and experienced medical professionals. You can book a smear test in Shrewsbury or a smear test in Wolverhampton at short notice and at a time that suits your schedule. Our bookings team is always ready to facilitate last minute requests and answer any questions you might have about your appointment. We do not require a referral for you to make a booking.

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When to book a Cervical Screening

All women over the age of 25 should have regular cervical screenings. If you have a family history of cervical cancer or are concerned about your cervical health, then you can book a smear test as young as 18. 

You will receive a letter from the NHS when you are due to have a cervical screening, but you don’t need to have this letter in order to book with us. Simply call us or book online whenever you are ready. 

If you are pregnant then you can choose to delay a screening until a few months after giving birth. Screenings can still be carried out on pregnant women, but you may feel more comfortable having the test when you are no longer pregnant.

What happens during a smear test?

During your test you will be asked to undress from the waist down and lie down on your back with your legs bent. A plastic or metal instrument known as a speculum will be gently placed inside the vaginal canal to allow our female GP to see the cervix (neck of the womb). A small swab is then used to collect cells from the cervix.

Although some women find the procedure mildly uncomfortable, it is not painful. Our staff are professional and discreet and will ensure that you feel as comfortable as possible throughout the procedure. 

The cells from your sample are then placed in fluid for analysis and sent to the laboratory to be tested.

Smear test aftercare

Because the smear test is straightforward, you will be able to go back to normal activities immediately after your appointment. You might experience slight spotting immediately following the procedure.

If you experience any unusual or heavy bleeding after a smear test, contact 111 or 999 if it’s an emergency.

Your results will be ready within two weeks and we will let you know if any follow-up appointment is necessary.

What do the results of my smear test (cervical screening) mean?

Roughly 90% of smear test results are normal, meaning that no high-risk HPV cells were found. If your results are normal, then there is nothing more to do until your next test is due.

If your results are abnormal it means you have high-risk HPV. However, your cells could still be normal, or they could be starting to change, or may have already changed severely. Depending on the cell change your consultant will recommend the next step in treating HPV.

Changes are not always something to be concerned about as some changed cells will develop cancer, but others will not. Your consultant will be able to advise you on the best steps and treatments depending on your results.

You might be advised to get further tests to see how developed the cells are. If severe abnormalities are detected then you may be referred for treatment to destroy or remove the abnormal tissue.

Booking your Smear Test

A smear test can be vital in the prevention of cancer and you can book with us discreetly and quickly. Book online, email [email protected] or call our reception team on 0333 9000 010.

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Although Summerfield Healthcare is a private practice our fees are low cost and structured with you in mind. Initial consultation fees are listed below:

Private Cervical Screening Test


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Natalie Coles

Natalie is our Clinical Services Manager and supports our healthcare team to run their clinics effectively. Natalie manages the team through supervision, training and development and assists the head of…

Dr Sundeep Sidhu

General Practitioner | Birmingham

Dr Sundeep Sidhu is a GP with professional interests in all aspects of women’s health. She completed her GP training at the Oxford Deanery and also gained a diploma in Obstetrics and Gynaecology.

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