NHS Having a smear test easy read leaflet

An easy read leaflet from the NHS about why it is important to have a smear test when invited and having a smear test. A smear test is also called cervical screening.

The leaflet tells you about:

  • why a smear test is important
  • what is cervical cancer
  • choosing whether to have a smear test
  • what happens on the day of the smear test
  • getting a smear test result
  • changes in your body to look out for
  • where to get more information

NHS_Having_a_smear_test_easy_read.pdf (4.8 MB)

The current DHSC and NHS campaign highlights the benefits of cervical screening and reminds people that it can help stop cancer before it starts. The campaign encourages those eligible for screening - women and people with a cervix aged 25-64 - to respond to their cervical screening invitation letters and to book an appointment at their GP practice if they missed their last one.

Women and people with a cervix who have a learning disability are particularly encouraged to attend screening as they are less likely to do so than the general population.

To help with this additional resources are available on the PHE Campaigns Resource Centre at campaignresources.phe.gov.uk

This and other easy read assets are available to download on the ‘Further help and support’ page at Cervical screening - NHS screening

Information from the NHS 2022.