LOCAL AND NATIONAL DOCUMENTS
Rare cases of cervical cancer do occur in younger women. There is a delay in diagnosis in a significant proportion because of delayed pelvic examination following self-referral with abnormal bleeding. This clinical practice guidance was developed to reduce this risk of delayed diagnosis by identifying those at most risk of cervical cancer.
The purpose of this document is to improve the quality of service provided by the NHS Cervical Screening Programme (NHSCSP) by reducing the administrative and technical errors associated with cervical screening sample requests.
This resource offers training guidance for new cervical sample takers involved in the NHS Cervical Screening Programme (NHSCSP). It aims to:
- outline the sample taker's and training provider's responsibilities in the NHSCSP
- promote training that is consistent with national policy recommendations
- advise on the training requirements and best practice for sample takers in the NHSCSP
- outline the audit and documentation training requirements for sample takers in the NHSCSP
A section by section guide to correct completion of the Cervical Screening Request form (HMR 101) printed off Open Exeter. It is essential that all of the requested information is provided where possible in order to ensure that the patient receives their results letters, Colposcopy appointments and future recall letters.
N.B. - A current, valid cervical sample taker code must be provided on all cervical screening requests in order to prevent the test from being reported as inadequate, and the patient having to be recalled for a repeat test.