Health Screenings for Women
CervicalCheck Smear Testing
The National Cervical Screening Programme is a Government-funded service that provides free smear tests to women aged 25-60. This has been introduced in Ireland in September 2008 and is available at Carlton Clinic.
What is cervical screening?
Cervical screening tests women for changes in the cells of the cervix (neck of the womb) by a smear test.
What is a smear test?
A smear test (sometimes called a pap test) is used for cervical screening. It is a simple procedure where a doctor or nurse (smeartaker) takes a sample of cells from the cervix to look for early changes. A smear test can identify cell changes before they become cancer cells. If these cells are not found and treated, they could become cancerous.
Why should I have this test?
Quite simply, having a regular smear test could save your life.
Who should have a smear test?
Every woman aged between 25 and 60 should have a regular smear test and continue to have regular smear tests after the menopause. If you are aged over 60 years and have never had a smear test, please contact your local doctor to discuss your cervical screening needs.
More information on Cervical Check Screening can be found at cervicalcheck.ie