Smear Tests For Staff

Smear Tests For Staff

Cervical screening appointments for NHS Forth Valley and Serco staff will be available from 1st August 2018. They will be held over the next year in the colposcopy clinic on the ground floor of the Women and Children’s Unit at Forth Valley Royal Hospital, via pre-booked appointments.

The move follows the success of drop-in clinics for staff which have been held in the last two years to coincide with Cervical Cancer Awareness Week.

Lead Nurse Colposcopist Sister Fiona Mulgrew, who came up with the idea to offer smears to staff, said: “Screening is an important part of preventing cervical cancer and maintaining good health. However, we know time pressures can make it hard for women to fit in a smear test and these appointments are being arranged to make it easier for staff to attend. All the women who attended the previous on-site appointments said they thought it was a great idea and were hopeful more could be arranged in the future.”

The appointments are open to any member of staff aged between 25 and 64 who is due or overdue to have a cervical smear test. Women who are unsure if their smear is due can find out by contacting Fiona Mulgrew on the dedicated phone line, or by getting in touch with their local GP practice.

Department managers have been asked to allow time for staff to attend and the programme is being promoted through the staff intranet, messages in pay slips and a poster campaign.

To book an appointment please phone 01324 567298 and leave a message or email fv-uhb.StaffSmearService@nhs.net For more information on cervical screening visit

www.getcheckedearly.org

Summer 2018 News