Jul 30, 2018

Cervical screening issues causing delays for women in East

Cervical screening samples are usually taken at GP clinics before being sent off to laboratories for testing. Dr Michael Eden, the cervical cytology network clinical lead at Cambridge University Hospitals, said routine screening was currently taking up to 12 weeks because of "Current staff shortages". Dr Eden said a new screening system - called human papilloma virus primary screening - will be rolled out in 2020, which, he said, "Will increase regional and national capacity". Shylaja Thomas, screening and immunisations lead for NHS England said: "We are working closely with the screening service providers to free up additional capacity so that tests can be processed more quickly." Robert Music, chief executive of Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust, said: "Waiting for results can already be a very anxious time and having to wait up to four months may mean additional worry."

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