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More women undergoing screenings since GP charge scrapped

BBC Radio Jersey

About 1,000 additional women in Jersey have undergone cervical screening since the fee for the potentially life-saving test was scrapped by GP surgeries.

It's believed the removal of the £62 charge and a high-profile social media campaign has helped to significantly improve uptake by women who were due for screening.

Between 1 August 2018 - when the fees were scrapped from GP practices - and 31 May 2019, 3,822 women, who were due to be tested, were screened.

That's an additional 996 women compared to the same time period 12 months previously.

cervical screening
BBC

It is fantastic news that the removal of the charge, as well as our social media awareness campaign, has helped to significantly increase the number of women undergoing cervical screening when their test is due, rather than putting it off. I would urge any woman due for screening to undergo this potentially life-saving test, and, if embarrassed, ask for a female doctor or nurse."

Dr Linda DiggleHead of Preventive Programmes in Health and Community Services, Jersey

Guernsey cervical screening 'is state-of-the-art'

BBC Radio Guernsey

Guernsey's director of public health has defended the island's cervical screening programme amid delays for some women in receiving treatment because of faulty equipment.

The Committee for Health and Social Care has finished an investigation into why 24 women were affected by lengthy wait times for information on their cervical screening tests.

Dr Nicola Brink said the equipment had been repaired.

Our screening programme uses state-of-the-art equipment which detects high-risk Human papillomavirus (HPV) DNA. We have plenty of capacity and the problem was due to a faulty piece of equipment which has subsequently been replaced."

Dr Nicola BrinkDirector of Public Health

Child minder offers free care so mums have test time

A Cumbrian childminder is offering free childcare to mothers so they can attend their smear tests.

Angela Greasley, runs Tot Spot play centre in Whitehaven.

Since October she's been offering one hour of free child care following a national decline in the number of women going to get tested.

Stock picture of smear test
Science Picture Library

Children need their mums and it's such a devastating disease, that if you can spend 10 or 15 minutes of your day looking after somebody's child so they can get this screening done, it's not going to affect your business."

Angela Greasley