Central London has the lowest rates of cervical screening uptake with less than 50% of those eligible booking and attending appointments.
Central London Healthcare CIC has been working closely with RM Partners (the Cancer Alliance across North West and South West London) to establish a dedicated Cervical Screening Recall team.
This team is proactively contacting women who are overdue and eligible for a Cervical Screening test, in order to relay important health messages about why it is important to have a Cervical Smear. They are also encouraging them to book an appointment at their own practice, at evening and weekend Extended Hours hub locations or at new additional clinics arranged at times and venues convenient to our patient population.
We would urge any patient eligible for cervical screening and who may need additional advice or support to access screening, to contact Cervical Screening Recall Team by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
No Barriers cervical screening for trans and non-binary people
RM Partners is funding a new dedicated clinic to offer cervical screening sensitive to the needs of trans men and non-binary people.
The No Barriers Cervical Screening project provides a specialist clinic at 56 Dean Street sexual health clinic, in collaboration with the Tavistock Gender Identity Clinic London and Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust.
Cervical screening can help prevent cancer by detecting changes to cells in the cervix. National guidance recommends screening for anyone with a cervix aged 25 to 64, including transgender men and people who are non-binary and were assigned female at birth. However, research has shown that trans and non-binary people with a cervix are less likely to be up-to-date with cervical screening. There are many possible reasons for this, which include previous bad experiences and gender dysphoria.
To book an appointment email: 56Tsmears@chelwest.nhs.uk or call 020 3315 5656.
Further information on screening for trans and non-binary people is available here.
You can find out more about the dedicated service in Central London by watching our video: