Cervical cytology smears
Pre-printed A5 HMR101(2009) (default) cervical
cytology request form should be produced via Open
Exeter where possible for all cervical smears taken in GP
surgeries and clinics. Please click on the link below.
The downloadable version of the request form (*) or the yellow
single cervical cytololgy request form may be used if Open Exeter
is not available.
the sample acceptance criteria guidance
In both circumstances please complete the date of test, LMP and
any clinical details manually.
On request. However National Health Service Cervical Screening
Programme (NHSCSP) out of programme samples will be rejected.
Specimens should be sent to the laboratory as soon as
possible after collection. Outside laboratory hours,
specimens can be left in the post box outside the pathology
reception on the first floor of the Tower Block.
In patients with a LMP, it is preferable that the sample should
be taken mid cycle. If the patient is pregnant it is preferable to
take the sample 3 months post-delivery.
The Thin Prep vials, brushes, yellow request forms and transport
bags are available from the Cellular Pathology Department, the
vials and brushes are in units of 25. These can be ordered
using the Laboratory Supplies order form for GP surgeries, form No 39.
Thin-prep vials and brushes must be used.
The prepared vial should be labelled in permanent marker
pen with the patient's name and date of birth and placed, with the
completed request form in a transport bag and sent to the
Certain cases with low grade abnormalities or patients who have
had previous treatment for an abnormal smear may require an High
Risk Human Papilloma Virus (HR HPV) test. These are requested by
the Cytology department when necessary and the test is carried out
on the original sample. The Cytology Department will indicate the
appropriate management of these patients in accordance with the HR
HPV result and NHS CSP guidelines.
For further information on HR HPV please see the NHS CSP HPV
Triage and Test of Cure
The report will be sent electronically to the patient's GP via
the Pathology GP links, and the reports will be available to view
in ICE. If a smear is taken at a Family Planning Clinic, paper
copies of the reports are issued to the FPC and the patient's GP.
The result will be sent electronically to Essex Contractor Services
(ECS) at Clacton, who will then send a letter to the patient
advising her of her smear result and follow up requirements.
Patients referred to the Colposcopy clinic or attending
appointments at the Colposcopy clinic will receive their
appointment letter directly from the clinic and ECS will send a
The laboratory staff do not issue results directly to the
Cervical smears taken as part of the national screening
programme in GP surgeries and Family Planning Clinics are normally
reported within 7-10 days of receipt of the smears in the
laboratory, as recommended in the National Health Service Cervical
Screening Programme guidelines.
Patients with abnormal cervical Cytology are referred for
Colposcopy when appropriate. An appointment is issued directly to
the patient from the Colposcopy Department.
gynae request form.