Cervical Smear Test

Free Smear Test

Primacare are part of the National Screening programme providing a FREE smear test to women aged 25 to 60. 

If you are aged between 25 and 44, you are generally advised to have a smear test every three years. For those aged between 45 and 60, you should have a smear test every five years. The purpose of screening is to detect cell changes before they become cancerous. You will find more information on Cervical Smear Tests below. 

Cervical Smear Tests are available in the following locations: 

What is a cervical smear test?

What is a cervical smear test? A smear test (sometimes called a pap test) can detect changes in the cells of the cervix (neck of the womb). The earlier abnormal cell changes are found, the easier they are to treat. 

Who should have a cervical screening test ?

Screening is recommended every three years for women aged 25 to 44 and every five years for women aged 45 to 60, in line with best international practice. Regardless of the age of a woman when she has her first CervicalCheck smear test, she needs to have two normal smear test results - three years apart, before moving to a five year screening interval. 

  • A woman may also be advised by CervicalCheck to have additional smear tests if further investigation is needed, as recommended by the programme.
  • CervicalCheck recommends that all women between the ages of 25-60 years who have ever been sexually active either with a man or a woman should have a smear test.
  • Some additional specific considerations of eligibility apply and a woman's eligibility for a CervicalCheck smear test can be checked online at www.cervicalcheck.ie, by ringing the CervicalCheck freephone 1800 45 45 55 or by checking with her family doctor.

Is there a particular time of the menstrual cycle to have a smear test?

Yes. Somewhere in the middle of your cycle is best. Provided your period is over by at least three or four days. 

The results of your smear test

The result of your test will be available from your smeartaker. CervicalCheck will send you a letter about your results within four weeks of your smear test. Most smear test results are found to be normal. Please try not to worry if you are called back for another test. For women who receive a not normal result, the doctor or practice nurse will explain the result and advise you of recommended follow-up.

If your result is not normal you may need to have another free smear test or a more detailed examination of the cervix using a type of microscope. This test is called a colposcopy. A colposcopy is free of charge as part of the CervicalCheck programme. If you decide to be referred as a private patient using your private health insurance you will have to pay a fee. If there are cell changes on your cervix they can be easily treated to prevent them developing into cancer cells.

How can I be part of the programme

To be part of the programme, you can arrange a smear test appointment with any registered smeartaker in the Primacare group. CervicalCheck also sends invitation letters to women who are on the CervicalCheck register. You can check that you are on the register in the 'Check Your Registration/Eligibility' section of their website www.CervicalCheck.ie If you are not on the register you can add or update your personal details. If you have any questions on registration please call CervicalCheck on Freephone 1800 45 45 55.

Women who have already had a CervicalCheck smear test since the start of the programme in September 2008 will automatically be re-called by letter when their next smear test is due.

Women must sign the Cervical Cytology Form to take part in the programme and avail of a free CervicalCheck smear test. This allows CervicalCheck to receive, hold and use a woman's personal details and information about her smear test sample. This may include post-smear samples and colposcopy results. The Cervical Cytology Form has an information sheet attached to it explaining the smear test process and why consent is needed. The information sheet is available to women in Polish, Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), French, German, Irish, Latvian, Lithuanian, Romanian, Russian and Spanish.

To Book your free Cervical Screening check, please contact Primacare at 1890 703 703 or email bookings@primacare.ie 

We have all day, late evenings and weekends appointments available in most clinics, Please call for more information.