You Go Girl!

Cervical Screening saves 4,500* lives every year...


…and that’s why in May 2021 we launched a campaign to build awareness of this potentially life saving test.  We encouraged young women to book and attend their cervical screening (smear test) when invited.

The campaign was promoted throughout Harlow.  Our ads were on buses and Heart radio, with additional support across digital and social media.

*Cervical Screening saves an estimated 4,500 lives in England.  Data Source - NHS Digital (Open Exeter)/Public Health England (PHE)

And it has started to work...


…the campaign was successful and it encouraged an additional 25% women to come forward for their cervical screening.  But we are not stopping there.  Cervical screening is so important that we want to keep increasing those numbers, we'll be relaunching the campaign later in the year, more news to follow.

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Why Harlow?

Compared to the rest of west Essex, Women living in Harlow were less likely to attend their their free cervical screening test when invited. 


That concerns us because cervical cancer does not discriminate, it really can impact women at any age.  That's why screening is offered nationally from the age of 25. 

The brilliant news is cervical screening helps to detect risks of cancer early enough to be treated effectively, or even before cancer has developed. 

So, if you are aged 25 to 64, make sure you're up-to-date with your appointments.

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Received your cervical screening invite letter?
Contact your GP Practice to book your appointment.

About the test


It’s a free test, offered from your GP’s surgery, performed by a qualified nurse, so you're always in safe hands. 

You’ll know when to attend because you’ll receive a letter inviting you to book your appointment.  Don’t worry if your letter came through months ago, you can still book.  Just give your GP Practice a call.

Make time for yours


We understand it’s difficult to find time for appointments when you’re juggling children, work, a social life and your home, but the test itself only takes a few minutes, less time than it takes to get your nails done!

It’s a doddle, the test is free, quick and easy to access through your GP.

So, what are you waiting for – You Go Girl!

Want to know more?


Visit our handy guide to cervical screening