Women from Redcar & Cleveland and Middlesbrough are now able to attend their cervical screening appointments on evenings and weekends thanks to a new arrangement between the two local authorities and South Tees Access Response (STAR) extended hours GP centres.

Cervical screening, also known as a smear test, is a free, simple, routine test available to all women aged 25 to 64, every three to five years.

Cervical screening prevents 75% of cervical cancers from developing in the UK, yet one in four women do not attend cervical screening when invited, normally due to fear or embarrassment or not understanding its importance.

Many women are also put off attending due to GP appointments being unavailable at times convenient to them.  It is hoped  uptake will increase now that women can schedule their appointments on evenings or weekends at one of four local centres.

Appointments are available from 6.30pm to 9.30pm Monday to Friday and 8am to 9.30pm on weekends in one of the four extended hours GP centres which are based at:

  • Redcar Primary Care Hospital
  • East Cleveland Hospital, Brotton
  • One Life Centre, Middlesbrough
  • North Ormesby Health Village

Appointments should be made through the patient’s own GP practice.    

Edward Kunonga, Director of Public Health for Middlesbrough and Redcar & Cleveland Councils said: “Cervical screening is the best way for women to protect themselves from cervical cancer. The screening programme saves thousands of lives every year, yet many women do not attend their appointments – we hope that offering more convenient appointment times will make it much easier for women to attend these essential screenings.”

Dr Andrew Threadgold, Clinical Director of the Star Service said: “Our service is very keen to provide GP services to the harder to reach patients in the region such as those who work full time or have other commitments. Given the importance of Cervical Screening and its low uptake we are delighted to be able to offer these clinics for our patients and we hope to roll out further services in the future.’”

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