How to take a sample for cervical screening
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How to take a sample for cervical screening

Jill Hardy Nurse practitioner in primary care, Norwood Medical Centre, Sheffield

This article aims to update nurses who are experienced in obtaining cervical samples and stimulate interest in health professionals who wish to undertake the procedure in the future. It also provides information on the NHS cervical screening programme and its relevance in the reduction of cervical cancer. It should help the reader to understand the nature, importance and prevention of cervical cancer, and the techniques for detection and treatment of pre-cancer.

Correspondence jill.hardy@gp-C88014.nhs.uk

Nursing Standard. 21, 50,40-44. doi: 10.7748/ns2007.08.21.50.40.c4607

Published in print: 22 August 2007

Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review