Cervical Screening (Smear) Results Turn Around Time
1ST August 2018
Please be advised, at the time of taking your sample, it will take longer than the quoted 2 weeks for the result letter to arrive. This is due to sustained high levels of demand on a national screening programme that has insufficient screening capacity, and many labs across the country now have backlogs. Most areas do not currently meet the 14 day turnaround time target which is quoted on the national invitation for screening.
The lack of screening capacity is due to the fact, the cervical screening programme is in transition from cytology screening to HPV primary screening in 2019, when the number of labs is to be reduced from the existing 50 down to a maximum of 13. Many laboratories are consequently struggling to retain existing screening staff and to recruit qualified screening staff because of the uncertain future for these staff groups.
The Derby lab that we use however was given permission to implement primary HPV screening in Derbyshire ahead of national roll-out in 2019, as mitigation for the backlog. This started on 1st June but we will not see the full benefit of this for a few more weeks yet.
Ear Care - * Please note - Routine Ear syringing is no longer a free to provide NHS service and is therefore no longer delivered in Practice.
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