Cervical Smear Test

Cervical smear tests are internationally accepted as a preventative health measure for cervical cancer.

Although no screening test is 100% accurate, cervical screening (the smear test) is recognised as the most effective way of reducing a woman’s risk of developing cervical cancer.

The cervical smear test detects changes in the cells of the cervix (neck of the womb). Changes to cells in this area are common, but your smear test can pick up on early changes so they can be monitored and treated. The sooner the abnormal changes are detected, the easier they are to treat. If cancer is found and treated early, there is a much greater chance of success.

The smear test is a simple procedure that only takes a few minutes. It is free through Cervical Check, the national screening service.

Private smear tests are also available for women who do not meet the criteria of the national screening service. A private smear test will incur a fee.

Please contact reception for more information or to book you appointment


Cervical Check

Cervical Check is a national screening programme that provides free cervical smear tests to women aged 25 to 65 years, who have ever been sexually active.

If eligible, you will need to register with the National Cervical Screening Programme to receive your free smear test.

You may do this by logging onto their website at www.cervicalcheck.ie or calling their free phone number on 1800 45 45 55.


Your Appointment

Please bring your letter of invitation for the free smear test with you to your appointment as it includes your cervical screening programme ID (CSPID) number.


Useful Link

CervicalCheck - More information about cervical smear tests


Content developed from HSE is adapted for
Briarhill Family Practice by Briarhill Family Practice.

Paul Cotter

Bad Dog, 16 Seapoint, Barna, Galway