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Small number of Northern Ireland women referred for further investigation following cervical smear recall

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Tests were carried out by one healthcare worker at two doctors' practices in Northern Ireland

Tests were carried out by one healthcare worker at two doctors' practices in Northern Ireland

Tests were carried out by one healthcare worker at two doctors' practices in Northern Ireland

A small number of women in Northern Ireland affected by the cervical screening recall have been referred for further investigation.

Northern Ireland health authorities recalled 150 women to have their smear tests redone in June following the discovery the procedure had not been carried out properly.

The BBC has reported a small number of women, who were from two GP surgeries, have been referred for further investigation.

A spokesperson for the Public Health Agency and Health and Social Care Board said: "The Public Health Agency (PHA) and Health and Social Care Board (HSCB) have been advised that all 150 women at Abbott’s Cross Practice in Newtownabbey and Dr McKenna’s Practice, Thames Street, Belfast have been invited by their GP for a repeat cervical screening test.

"The women were invited for the retest in June 2018, when the PHA and HSCB were made aware of possible shortcomings in the technique used to conduct a small number of cervical screening tests (commonly referred to as cervical smears), which may not have adequately sampled all of the cervix.

"All but a small number of these women have now had a repeat test taken. Those who haven't had a repeat test have either chosen not to take up the offer, or have an identified reason for why a test is not appropriate for them at this time.

"As expected, the majority of results of the repeat tests have been reported as normal.  A very small number of women have been referred to colposcopy for further investigation.

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"The PHA and HSCB are unable to release specific numbers or further details to ensure that patient confidentiality is maintained.”


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