To support GP practices to respond to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the intervals at which invitation and reminder letters are issued for the NHS Cervical Screening Programme were extended. As a result, invitations have been issued 12 weeks (rather than the usual 4 weeks) after Prior Notification Lists were sent to GP practices and reminder letters have been sent 30 weeks after the initial invite, rather than the usual 18 weeks. Intervals for invitation and reminder letters have now begun to return to normal. Therefore, you should expect to start receiving more requests for appointments and should ensure that appointments are offered to women who are eligible and due to be screened. If practices need any advice, please talk to your NHS England and NHS Improvement regional public health team.
Cervical screening update
Thursday 2nd Jul 2020