Cervical cancer screening
Private cervical smear testing by experienced medical nurses for a reassuring experience.
Our aim is to provide you with the most affordable private cervical smear and HPV testing services in London. You will have a highly trained nurse performing the procedure. The Results will be reported by a premier laboratory in London.
A Consultation with your Nurse and sending you the results with written Laboratory and GP comments is included in the below price.
|Cervical Smear (Screening)||£89|
|Cervical Smear (Screening) + ‘High risk’ HPV [Human Papilloma Virus] test||£128|
|Cervical Smear (Screening) + ‘Full’ HPV [Human Papilloma Virus] test (low and high risk)||£161|
We would always recommend that you ask your nurse/ doctor to add in high risk HPV testing to your cervical smear – as per current national guidelines.
As you are aware, this is to test for Cervical cancer. You can get this for free on the NHS. Such as from your NHS Nurse or local family planning clinic, from the age of 25. Unless abnormal, you can have this done every three years till the age of 50 and then every 5 years till the age of 64.
You may want a private smear test done with us if you find it difficult to get to your GP Surgery/ family planning clinic, or the times are inconvenient for you. Likewise, you may choose us if you do not want to wait for three years to have your smear test done again. We will post the results to your home address (unless otherwise stated) and you can always give the results to your NHS nurse to update your records.
- Preparation before a smear –
- Do not schedule a smear during your menstrual period.
- Avoid intercourse, douching, vaginal medicines or spermicidal agents for at least 2 days before your smear.
- Issues during/ after a smear – You may experience a small amount of spotting (light vaginal bleeding) immediately after a smear, but heavy or excessive bleeding is not normal.
- Inadequate Smears –
- Over the age of 25 – If your smear result comes back as inadequate, please contact us to book you in for a complimentary smear after 3 months. It takes 3 months for your cervical cells to regenerate.
- Under the age of 25 – It is well known that the younger age group may well have inadequate smears. Hence, if you choose to have a smear under the age of 25, you will need to pay again to have a repeat smear after 3 months.
- Endocervical cells present or absent – It is very common not to have endocervical cells present in your cervical smear results.This is not dependant on the technique used by our nurses or doctors. It depends on how high up your transformation zone is. The laboratory will not analyse your cervical smear unless they have adequate cervical cells present to analyse. If endocervical cells are absent, you do not need to repeat your smear, as subsequent smears will probably give you the same result. We will not repeat the smear for you.
What is HPV Testing?
HPV (Human Papilloma Virus) testing is not done routinely in the NHS. It is a common and highly contagious infection. Over three-quarters of sexually active women acquiring it at some time in their lives. There are over 100 types of HPV, 40 of which can affect the genital area. Infection with HPV (especially ‘high risk’ HPV) can cause abnormal tissue growth and other changes to cells within your cervix. This may lead to cervical cancer. Hence, you may want to test for the presence of this.
You can vaccinate yourself or your child against the most ‘high risk’ strains of HPV. Please look under our Vaccinations section. It is best to be vaccinated before sexual activity starts between the ages of 9 and 26.
If by misfortune, your results do come back as being significantly abnormal, we would be more than happy to discuss a referral to a Private gynaecologist via our GP Telephone Results Interpreting Service. You may choose to see your Practice Nurse at your NHS GP Surgery in these circumstances to get a referral to the Colposcopy clinic via the NHS. We cannot guarantee your NHS nurse will do this for you, but we are sure that it would be done, as we are all here to ensure that you don’t get Cervical cancer.