Lancashire, United Kingdom, (12th January, 2012) – Pall Mall Medical, a private healthcare facility based in Manchester, is now offering cervical smear tests outside of the strict time guideline set by the NHS.
The renowned private practice can now perform smear tests on request after consultation with one of their GPs. The NHS screening service for smears is for people without symptoms and includes women between the ages of 25 and 64. The recall service on the NHS is currently only every 3-5 years.
Cervical cancer is the most common cancer in females under 35, with 702 new cases diagnosed in the UK in 2007. However, cervical screening can prevent around 75% of cancer cases in women who are screened regularly, and saves approximately 4,500 lives per year in England.
Screening intervals vary from country to country. In the USA, guidelines from the American College of Obstetrics & Gynaecologists recommend that women begin smear test screening at age 21, be screened every two years through to age 30, and then every three years after that. In France, women can opt for annual smears, whilst gynaecologists in Germany recommend that women who are sexually active should have a smear test every year from the age of 20.
At Pall Mall Medical, the cost of a consultation, examination, cervical smear procedure and lab costs with a follow up consultation is £175.
A spokesperson for Pall Mall Medical said: “We can’t stress enough the importance of women having regular smear testing. Results have proven that smear testing is one of the best defences against cervical cancer and saves thousands of lives every year. However, the current NHS time guidelines only recommend women get tested every three years. Here at Pall Mall Medical, we now offer cervical smears at any time following a consultation with one of our GPs.”
For more information on smear testing from Pall Mall Medical, please visit
http://www.pallmallmedical.co.uk/cervical-cancer/screening/smears/. To book your appointment, call 0161 832 2111 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Pall Mall Medical is open till 7pm on weeknights and also open on Saturday.
About Pall Mall Medical:
Pall Mall Medical is run by experienced GPs and offers affordable private healthcare facilities with no waiting times, modern facilities and friendly staff. Patients are guaranteed to see a qualified, experienced doctor at their premises on King Street, Manchester.
Pall Mall Medical also offers private GP appointments from just £60, access to consultants in a wide range of specialties and an extensive array of other services, from allergy testing to CT scans; 4D baby ultrasound to hypnotherapy and more.
Pall Mall Medical Ltd
1st Floor, 120 Wigan Road
Ashton In Makerfield
Wigan, Lancs, UK
Zip: WN4 9SU
Tel: 0161 819 4332