Cervical screening clinics
Cervical screening (a smear test) is a health test that helps prevent cervical cancer. It checks for a virus called high-risk human papillomavirus (HPV) and cervical cell changes (abnormal cells).
During the screening appointment, a small sample of cells will be taken from your cervix and will be tested for changes. Finding abnormal changes early means they can be monitored or treated so they do not get a chance to turn into cervical cancer. You'll get your results by letter, usually in about two weeks.
More on what we do
Here at the RD&E, we offer drop-in cervical screening clinics. If you have received a letter informing you that you are due to have your cervical screening and cannot access this at your GP practice, or you are overdue or are worried about going to your GP practice, please attend one of our clinics.
You do not need to book an appointment. Clinics are held in the Centre for Women’s Health and Tiverton Hospital.
Cervical screening clinics are run by Clinical Nurse specialists and Registered Nurses who have a wide range of experience. They are assisted by health care assistants.
The Lead Consultant for Colposcopy is Mr Mike Hanneman.
Where to find us
RD&E Wonford, Barrack Rd, Exeter EX2 5DW
Centre for Women’s Health, Clinic 2, Level 1
Call us on 01392 406503.
The clinics at the Centre for Women’s Health run every Tuesday evening, 5.30pm to 7.30pm, work on a drop-in basis, so you do not need to book an appointment.
We also offer a drop-in clinic at Tiverton Hospital on Wednesday evenings, 5.30pm to 7.30pm.
Women’s Health Counsellors are part of the team providing care in The Centre for Women’s Health. We offer emotional support for women accessing the services of Gynaecology.
Gynaecology referrals for counselling support include:-
- Decision making when considering gynaecology surgery, e.g. Hysterectomy
- Post-operatively, within 4 months of surgery taking place.
Contact 01392 406678 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Information for healthcare professionals
Patients do not need to be referred to this service, as long as they have received their letter indicating their screening is due, or they are out of date, then they can just drop in without an appointment.