Cervical smear tests involve an examination of the cervix (neck of the womb) to check for changes which occur before cancer develops. These changes can be treated and cancer prevented. National Guidelines recommend that all women from the age of 25 up to the age of 65 should have regular smears, unless advised otherwise. Smears are generally carried out by our Practice Nurses; the Health Authority will send you your reminder. If you know you are due for a smear, do not wait for a reminder, but book an appointment. Please make any enquiries about cervical smear recall letters to the Surgery.