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The Public Health England (PHE) screening team have collaborated with screening nurses, practice nurses and clinicians to improve the uptake of cervical screening by women with a Learning Disability. They aim to improve this by improving the information available and signposting other useful resources.
This guideline contains guidance for GPs and easy read documents for patients.
Consider prescribing your patient something to help her to relax if you think this is indicated.
If you have decided that your patient has not understood enough to make her own decision on cervical screening you need to make a best interest decision for her. See " Useful advice for making a best interest decision"
To defer or cease women without capacity to consent to cervical screening see the Mental Capacity Act guidance
An Easy Guide to Cervical Screening
(Department of Health)
' The Smear Test Film' is a health education resource for women eligible for cervical screening (smear tests) who have mild and moderate learning disabilities. It has been made by Public Health England in association with Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust.
This guideline has been signed off by the Western Locality on behalf of NEW Devon CCG.
Guy Bradley-Smith - NEW Devon CCG Clinical Commissioning Lead for Learning Disability
Publication date: May 2016