Merton launching easier to access cervical cancer screening clinics
New evening and weekend cervical cancer screening clinics at convenient locations close to transport links are being launched across Merton to make it easier for women in the borough who received an invitation to take up to take up this lifesaving test.
Providing additional clinics is part of a project to increase participation in the national NHS cervical screening programme across the borough, as only 67% of eligible women get screened against the national target of 80%.
Dr Andrew Murray, a Merton GP and Chair of NHS Merton Clinical Commissioning Group, said: "Cervical cancer screening prevents 75% of cervical cancers from developing so we are making it easier for women in Merton to be tested, with evening and weekend clinics at local surgeries. We know finding time to make an appointment can be difficult and one in four women do not attend so hopefully these clinics will give more women the chance to take up this important test."
Nicola Hunt, RM Partners Managing Director said: 'Participation in this life saving test is at a 20 year low across England, and incidence of cervical cancer is worryingly high. Having regular screening offers the best protection against developing this disease and we are pleased to support these additional clinics and make it more convenient for women in Merton to attend.'
Paul Bond, Merton GP Federation Business Manager said:
"As an organisation Merton Health is committed to ensuring everyone can access the help they need to maximise their healthy and avoid illness wherever possible. This project will help that work continue.'"
The new clinics will be held at Central Medical, Merton Medical, Francis Grove and The Nelson Health Centre.
Women who receive the invitation letters will be able to book appointments through their own practice or by calling 020 3642 9850 Monday-Friday 10am-4pm.
Further information on cervical screening and cervical cancer can be found on the Jo's Trust website
Cervical cancer is the most common form of cancer in women under 35 with two women in the UK per day dying from the disease.
The Merton cervical screening participation project is a collaboration between Merton GP Federation, Merton Clinical Commissioning Group, CCG and RM Partners, the Cancer Alliance for west London hosted by The Royal Marsden.