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The NHS Cervical Screening Programme (NHSCSP) was set up in 1988 and screens approximately 4 million women each year with the aim of reducing the number of women who develop invasive cervical cancer (incidence) and the number of women who die from it (mortality). Screening involves taking samples of cells from the surface of the cervix (cervical smear test), identifying abnormalities in the cells to allow early treatment.

Women aged 25 to 64 are invited to undergo screening every three to five years. Approximately 34,000 cervical cytology requests are processed by the cytology laboratory at Arrowe Park Hospital each year with specimens being processed from practices in the Wirral, West Cheshire and its Welsh Borders.

The department reports cervical cytology testing within 2 weeks of receipt of the specimen, in line with the cervical screening programme (CSP) guidelines.

The department implemented NHSCSP, Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) Triage and Test of Cure pathways in March 2012

The department participates in the appropriate National External Quality Assurance (EQA) schemes and has full accreditation. (Clinical Pathology Accreditation UK Ltd).

For a comprehensive list of the tests we offer, or for more information, please refer to the user guide.

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