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Informed consent

A woman is asked during her smear test appointment to give her consent to participate in CervicalCheck by signing or witnessed mark on the Cervical Cytology Form. Giving consent means allowing CervicalCheck to receive, hold and use personal details and information about the smear test sample. This may include information about past smear tests and colposcopy results.

This information will be shared with the doctor or nurse who takes the smear test (the smeartaker), laboratory staff, the colposcopy clinic and the National Cancer Registry.

Only a woman herself can give consent to be part of the programme. Consent to participate can never be given by another person or a third party on behalf of a woman.

Before signing the Cervical Cytology Form, a woman has the right to certain information to allow her to make an informed choice and to give informed consent. This includes an explanation of:

  • The smear test
  • The possibility that the sample may also be tested for certain types of HPV
  • The likelihood and meaning of a normal result
  • What it means if recalled for further tests
  • When and how the result will be provided
  • The importance of having regular smear tests
  • The accuracy and limitations of screening tests, and
  • If the results are abnormal, the options available, including an assessment of the risks, limitations, side effects and benefits of each option.

The cover sheet of the Cervical Cytology Form contains most of this information. To read this information in advance of attending for a smear test: Information Sheets for Women (in a number of languages).

The form should only be signed when all the information needed to make an informed decision has been provided, including answers to all the questions that a woman may ask about cervical screening.

CervicalCheck may use a woman’s details to invite her to take part in research. It is her choice to take part or not.


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Is cuid den tSeirbhís Náisiúnta Scagthástála é CervicalCheck
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Saorghlao 1800 45 45 55
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.