We are very proud to welcome back Monique Pearce, independent nurse practitioner. Monique is available to be seen for repeat prescriptions, and general consultations, immunizations as well as performing cervical smears for our patients. She will be consulting on select Friday mornings. Monique will be holding clinics for consultations and Cervical smears between 9am to 1pm on Friday. Please email the clinic for further dates. Best to email us by clicking this link to book in.
Research indicates that all sexually active females between the ages of 20 and 70 should have a cervical smear test. A year after the first smear women should have another and thereafter every three years. This test detects abnormal cells which, if left untreated, could become cervical cancer. Very often these cells are made abnormal by a human papillomavirus (HPV) which is passed on by men during intercourse. Regular tests and treatment reduces the likelihood of this sort of cancer by around 90%. The age of screening will be changed in response to the protection offered by the HPV Vaccine - Gardasil, to start at the age of 25.
For more information about cervical smear tests click on the link to the National Screening Unit website: