Cervical screening

The NHS Cervical Screening Programme is an important service that helps prevent cancer in women aged 24-64. 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).

We offer drop-in cervical screening clinics, you do not need to book an appointment. 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.

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.

Contact us

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 Support Workers.


Northern services

Eastern services

Call us on 01392 406503.


Clinic times and locations

Northern services

Clinics are held in Petter Day Treatment Unit which is based in the Ladywell Unit at North Devon District Hospital every Tuesday evening, 5.30pm-7pm.

Eastern services

Clinics are held in the Centre for Women’s Health, Clinic 2, Level 1. The clinics at the Centre for Women’s Health run every Tuesday evening, 5.30pm to 7.30pm. You do not need to book an appointment, but the service is limited to 12 patients for each clinic. Please be aware that if you have your cervical screening at the drop-in clinic, the results from your smear will still come via your GP.

Supporting you

Eastern services

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 rde-tr.cwhcounsellors@nhs.net

Last updated: July 28, 2023.