Cervical Screening

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COVID-19: See the latest update (8 June) which includes details on the first steps in restoring screening services. See FAQs. You can also refer to the NCL GP COVID-19 website for NCL-wide updates.

From 15 April 2019 the cervical screening service in Camden will start HPV primary testing. Cervical screening samples will be taken in the same way, but tested for HPV initially. Only those that are HPV positive will have cytology testing. If cytology is abnormal there will be automatic referral to colposcopy and if cytology is normal they will be asked to return for repeat screening in 12 months (due to the presence of HPV). For more details please refer to the flowcharts (see Downloads).

Cervical Sreening Best Practice Protocol can be found in downloads.

Sample takers are encouraged to complete this Primary HPV e-learning.

All cervical sample takers should be registered with the pan-London Cervical Sample Taker Database (CSTD). Once registered you can upload your training and certificates in the ‘Submit Training Record’ section and this can then be viewed in ‘Your Details.’

From August 2019 The Cervical Screening administration service, formerly PCSE is managed by the NHS North of England Commissioning Support Unit (NECS). More information on NHS Cervical Screening Administration Service website.

Appointments are through GP practice.

Eligibility criteria


  • age 25-49: invitations every 3 years
  • age 50-64: invitations every 5 years
  • age 65+: only those not screened since the age of 50 or who have had recent abnormal tests.
  • women younger than 25 should not be screened as part of the NHS cervical-screening programme.

If a woman younger than 25 presents with symptoms indicative of possible cervical cancer, refer to the DoH guidelines on screening young women

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