In April, the Minister for Health Simon Harris announced that any woman of screening age with concerns about her cervical screening could avail of a free consultation, and if necessary, a free repeat smear test with any GP registered with CervicalCheck.
These services will, as scheduled, cease on 31 December 2018. Any repeat smear tests and associated consultations scheduled up to or on 31 December will be eligible for payment by the HSE.
“The HSE wishes to acknowledge and thank GPs and healthcare professionals for their support in providing these services and for their continued reassurance to any women concerned about their cervical screening,” the Executive added in a statement.
“Cervical screening is one of the best ways to prevent cervical cancer and the HSE recommends that all women aged 25 to 60 continue to attend their regular free smear tests.
“Like all screening programmes, cervical screening has limitations and some women will still develop cervical cancer. This is why it is important that women attend for regular smear tests when invited to do so and to visit their GP if they have any symptoms. Symptoms may include pelvic pain, irregular vaginal bleeding, vaginal discharge or pain during or after sex.”