Going for a Smear Test

Details of clinics in your area which may provide cervical screening are found on the following links. You may need to contact the clinic in advance to check that they provide this service and to make an appointment.


Trust link to clinic details
Northern Trust          


Southern Trust


Western Trust http://www.westerntrust.hscni.net/services/2013.htm
Belfast Trust http://www.belfasttrust.hscni.net/services/SexualReproductiveHealthcareService.htm

SE Trust
(at bottom of the page)


Step 1: A smear only takes about 10 minutes to complete and is usually done by a nurse. You'll be asked to undress from the waist down and lie on your back (with your knees drawn up and apart) on the couch.  You won’t be exposed, your lower body will be covered with a sheet.

Once you're lying down comfortably, the nurse will carefully insert a speculum into your vagina to hold it open.  A small soft brush is used to gently pick up a sample of cells from your cervix.   This might be a little uncomfortable but it shouldn't be painful.

Step 2: The cells are then put into a container filled with a liquid, sealed and sent off to the lab, where the cells will be looked at under a microscope.

Step 3:  The results are usually available within four weeks.  The person taking your test will tell you how and when to get your result. 

For further information please see the leaflet, "It's Best to take the test" or the Information film about Cervical Screening.