CervicalCheck screenings set to resume next month
Updated: Jun 25, 2020
BreastCheck and BowelScreen will not resume until September or October.
By Clodagh Meaney
The National Screening Service has announced that there will be a phased reopening of cancer screening services, beginning next month.
CervicalCheck will be the first to resume and will begin sending invites, and reminders to participants in its cervical screening programme on July 6th.
However, BreastCheck and BowelScreen are not set to resume until September or October.
The first of those to be invited for a smear test are those due early repeat screening tests, those who need repeat tests because their last sample could not be tested, and those who have this year turned 25 and become eligible for their first cervical screening.
They will also be contacting people who are on a yearly recall first as they have been waiting longer for their screening appointment.
If you receive a letter inviting you to a screening, you should not schedule it if you have Coronavirus symptoms or have been self-isolating because you are a close contact of someone who has tested positive for coronavirus.
Patients have been advised that due to COVID-19 restrictions there will be some changes to their appointments.
Fewer people will be permitted into buildings meaning children may need to be left with a caretaker, there may be longer wait times and you may be asked to wait outside for a longer period of time.
Patients are advised to bring their own pen to sign forms and be prepared to wear a mask during their screening.
If you worried that you may have symptoms of cervical, breast or bowel cancer while waiting for your screening, it is advised that you contact your doctor as soon as possible.
For more information on phased resumption of services, you can visit the National Screening Service's website here.