We recommend that all women have regular smear tests. It could save your life - cervical cancer still kills around 900 women a year. View a factsheet
- 25-49 year olds are offered a smear every 3 years
- 50-65 year olds are offered a smear every 5 years
Essex Contractor Services will write to you telling you when your smear is due. Please contact the Surgery to make an appointment with our Practice Nurse, who will perform your smear for you.
Essex Contractor Services will write to you with the result of your smear, usually within 8-12 weeks. If you do not receive your result or have any queries please contact the Surgery. If you have an abnormal smear and require colposcopy, the Hospital or Surgery will contact you.
A full family planning service is available. Implants and Coils are now provided under a new Sexual Health Service run by PROVIDE, more information and a contact number can be found under Section 6 Essex Lifestyle Services.
Emergency Contraception (the morning after pill) - is effective up to 72 hours after unprotected sex, but is best taken as soon as possible; so please ask the Receptionist for an emergency appointment. You can also purchase the morning after pill from a Pharmacist.