NHS Health Scotland works closely with NHS National Services Division and NHS Health Board Screening Co-ordinators to support professionals and the public with resources to promoting informed consent.
All women aged 20 – 60 across Scotland are invited to have a cervical screening test every three years. In August 2010 a new set of leaflets was introduced into the national screening programme in Scotland. The leaflets explain what´s involved, address reasons why women may not be coming forward and answer commonly asked questions.
The Cervical Screening Test: Put it on your list provides further information on the screening programme for all those eligible as well as answering frequently asked questions about the test and cervical cancer.
The Cervical Screening Test: Your first test provides information on the screening programme for those being invited for the first time.
The Cervical Screening Test: Information for Lesbian and Bisexual Women has been developed to address specific questions considered by lesbian and bisexual women.
The Cervical Screening Test: Your results explained provides information for women when a cervical smear test shows a non-routine result. It explains how non-routine smears are dealt with and contains tips and advice to reassure women.
The Cervical Screening Test - Information for women after treatment for cervical intraepithelial neoplasia (CIN) at a colposcopy clinic. This leaflet provides information on screening tests after treatment for CIN.
Keep yourself Healthy: Do I need a Smear Test? and
Keep yourself healthy: A guide to having a smear test. are available to support people with learning disabilities and their carers.
The human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine for girls aged 12 to 13 years helps protect against cervical cancer. The HPV vaccine is designed to protect against the two types of HPV that can cause 70% of cervical cancer cases. As it does not protect against all other types, regular cervical screening is important. This combination of immunisation and cervical screening offers the best possible protection against cervical cancer. The Immunisation Scotland website provides answers to questions about the HPV Immunisation Programme.
Page updated: 04 November 2011
Attitudes leading to low uptake of cervical screening in Scotland
NHS Health Scotland final report of commissioned research to explore attitudes leading to low uptake of cervical screening in Scotland.
Stonewall Scotland - Prescription for Change (external link).
A report on findings from the 2008 survey of Scottish lesbian and bisexual women´s health needs.
Further information for the public about cervical cancer and the screening test can be found on the NHS24 website (external link).
NHS Scottish Cervical Call-recall System (external link).
Provides a link to online training for health professionals and details of the technical support helpdesk.
The NHS Scottish Cervical Screening Programme (external link) website contains further information on the programme.
SCAN Cancer Information Network - Information on Cervical Cancer (external link).
An online library of information on cervical cancer and screening.