Freephone information line: 1800 45 45 55

Taking part in CervicalCheck

Women aged 25 to 60 who are resident in Ireland (have a postal address in Ireland) are eligible to have a free smear test.

CervicalCheck sends invitations by letter to women on the register who have never had a free CervicalCheck smear test. Women may check if they are registered if they do not receive a letter of invitation.

Women aged 25 to 60 years of age who have never had a CervicalCheck smear test may simply make an appointment with a registered GP practice or clinic, even if they have not received a letter of invitation.

Women can have a free CervicalCheck smear test providing:

  • they attend a smeartaker (a doctor or practice nurse) who is registered with CervicalCheck (see Where can I have a test)
  • they provide their informed consent by signing the Cervical Cytology Form (see Informed consent).

After her first CervicalCheck smear test, CervicalCheck will write to let a woman know of her next step in the programme and when her next smear test will be due.

The routine screening intervals for women whose smear test results are normal are:

  • Women aged 25 to 44 years will be recalled for a free smear test every three years
  • Women aged 45 to 60 years will be recalled for a free smear test every five years.

Regardless of a woman’s age when she has her first CervicalCheck smear test (which has a normal result), she will be recalled for her second smear test after three years before moving to a five year screening interval.

A woman may also be advised more frequent smear tests, in 12 months or 6 months, if there is a need for extra monitoring, for example, after attending a colposcopy clinic.

Choosing not to take part in CervicalCheck

If a woman does not want to be part of the CervicalCheck programme, she may complete and sign the Opt-off by Woman form and send it by Freepost (no stamp required) to:

CervicalCheck - The National Cervical Screening Programme, Freepost LK407, Limerick.

CervicalCheck will not send letters to women who choose to opt-off the programme. Women who change their mind at a later date can have a smear test in the future by contacting CervicalCheck or a registered smeartaker (doctor or practise nurse).


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Is cuid den tSeirbhís Náisiúnta Scagthástála é CervicalCheck
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CervicalCheck is part of the National Cancer Screening Service
PO Box 161 Limerick
Freephone 1800 45 45 55

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Is cuid den Rannóg Sláinte agus Folláine i bhFeidhmeannacht na Seirbhíse Sláinte í an tSeirbhís Náisiúnta Scagthástála. Cuimsíonn sí BreastCheck – An Clár Náisiúnta Scagthástála Cíoch, CervicalCheck – An Clár Náisiúnta Scagthástála Ceirbheacs, BowelScreen – An Clár Náisiúnta Scagthástála Putóige agus Diabetic RetinaScreen – An Clár Náisiúnta Scagthástála Reitiní do Dhiaibéitigh.

The National Screening Service is part of the Health and Wellbeing Division of the Health Service Executive. It encompasses BreastCheck – The National Breast Screening Programme, CervicalCheck – The National Cervical Screening Programme, BowelScreen – The National Bowel Screening Programme and Diabetic RetinaScreen – The National Diabetic Retinal Screening Programme.