PSM Medical Group

St Mary's Health Centre, Cop Lane, Penwortham, Preston, PR1 0SR

Telephone: 01772 970079 (Please note - area code must be dialled, even for local calls)

We are currently closed. If you call us between 18:30-20:30 weekdays, 09:00-17:00 on Saturdays and 09:00-12:00 on Sundays your call will automatically forward to our 'Increased Access' out of hours service where you can book 'on-the-day' GP and Practice Nurse appointments at one of our other network sites in Preston. For more information on this service go to

UCLan Medical Centre, Foster Building, UCLan Campus, Preston, PR1 2HE | Telephone: 01772 970079

Cervical Screening

Cervical Screening Information Leaflet

The NHS Cervical Screening Programme has made a significant impact on cervical cancer mortality since it was established in 1988, saving an estimated 5,000 lives a year.

However, coverage is at a 20-year low. Figures published by NHS Digital show that, at 31 March 2018, the percentage of eligible women (aged 25 to 64) screened adequately was 71.4%, with coverage at its lowest amongst those aged 25 – 35.

At this practice, 1022 patients are outstanding their cervical smear test, are you one of them? 

What is Cervical Screening?

Cervical Screening, or a smear test, is a test or all women aged 25 to 64 to help prevent cancer. During the procedure, a sample of a few cells will be taken from your cervix and checked for abnormalities. This means that any abnormalities found can be monitored and treated early to prevent the development of cancer.

Who should have a smear test?

Anybody who has a cervix and has had any kind or sexual contact is at risk of cerivical cancer, and should have a smear test.

Even if:

·        you have had the HPV vaccine

·        you have only had one sexual partner

·        you have not had sex in a long time

·        or you have had a hysterectomy

You can still be at risk of cervical cancer; therefore it is important that you go for your smear test as it is one of the best ways to protect you from cervical cancer.

How to book your Cervical Screening

You should have received an invitation to attend your cervical screening. It is ideal to book in with the surgery as soon as possible after receiving this invitation, or if you missed your last screening you need not wait for another invitation. Just phone the surgery or drop in at reception to make an appointment.

The Best Time to go for your cervical screening

It is best to go for your cervical screening when you’re not on your period, ideally trying to avoid the 2 days before or after you bleed (if you do not have periods, you can book any time).

Additionally, it should be after you have finished any treatment for unusual vaginal discharge or a pelvic infection which you may have been undergoing.

Opening Times

  • Monday
    08:00am to 06:30pm
  • Tuesday
    08:00am to 06:30pm
  • Wednesday
    08:00am to 06:30pm
  • Thursday
    08:00am to 06:30pm
  • Friday
    08:00am to 06:30pm
  • Saturday
    See Increased Access page in Appointments section
  • Sunday
    See Increased Access page in Appointments section
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