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A Resized Womens Health Image cbAugust 3 2017

Public Health England has issued a set of resources to help GPs and clinical commissioning groups improve cervical screening attendance rates.

“National statistics show that attendance for regular cervical screening is falling. Attending screening is always about personal choice, and some individuals choose not to go. But we know that some individuals either don’t know enough about screening to make that choice, or want to attend but find it difficult to do so,” said PHE

The new materials include ideas (and weblinks) from several initiatives which can be used to help increase uptake of the cervical screening programme, with information presented at a CCG level. Examples of activity include an invitation letter, offering pre-appointments, using screen prompts, and awareness campaigns.

GPs are also reminded about the benefits of having an appropriately configured consulting room, and making screening a positive experience. “Fear and embarrassment are some of the main influencing factors for women who choose not to have screening.

“Previous experience is important when women are deciding whether to make an appointment. Ensure women are put at ease and all their questions are answered during their appointment. They may tell their family and friends if their experience was positive or negative.”

Data from 7,799 general practices across 209 CCGS in September 2016 indicated that the average GP practice list had 1,101 women aged 25-49 years eligible for screening. Of these 772 (71.3%) had an adequate screen in the previous three and a half years. Practice lists also averaged 524 women aged 40-64 years eligible for screening, of whom 403 (77.7%) had an adequate screen in the previous five and half years.

Link:
PHE: ‘Cervical screening: ideas for improving access and uptake’
PHE cervical screening coverage data    

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