Important message for cervical sample takers

Cervical Screening Programme

Important message for cervical sample takers:

An important element of cervical screening is ensuring that once a sample from a woman is taken that it is processed by the lab and that a result is generated. With this in mind we want to remind all cervical sample takers that part of their responsibilities is to keep a list of all samples sent, and correlate this with the results returned by the laboratory as a failsafe measure. Where no result has been received within 3 weeks the sample taker should then contact the laboratory to chase what has happened to the sample. This is an important part of the process as it helps to ensure that all samples sent to the lab have been processed and ensures that all patients will receive a result from having had the test.

Should you have any queries on this please get in touch with the Screening & Immunisation Team at england.swscreeningandimms@nhs.net

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