NHS makes cervical screening plea

A senior nurse has backed the first national health campaign of its kind by urging eligible women to have their cervical screening test. The plea was made this week by Katie Mills, a clinical lead at NHS Eastern Cheshire Clinical Commissioning Group, to coincide with the launch on Monday (5 March) of a Public Health England campaign to promote the test.The campaign was prompted by figures which show that uptake of the NHS Cervical Screening Programme fell to a 20-year low in 2017-18. Fewer than 72 per cent of eligible women were screened, against a target of 80 per cent. And coverage was lowest among women aged 25 to 35. To read about what happens during cervical screening and for tips on feeling more comfortable, visit nhs.uk/conditions/cervical-screening/