What is it?

Cervical screening is a test that checks for early signs of cervical cancer. When cervical cancer is found early, it is easier to treat. During a cervical screen, your GP will take a cell sample from your cervix by gently inserting a speculum into your vagina. The samples will be analysed for signs of human papillomavirus, the virus that causes cervical cancer.

You will receive your results two-to-four weeks after your screen. If your results are normal, you may not need another screen for five years. If your results indicate that further tests are needed, your GP will contact you to discuss next steps.

Starting from June 1 2022, people can collect their own sample for cervical screening. You will be shown how to take a sample in a private space at the medical centre. It is simple, quick and safe to do.