Freephone information line: 1800 45 45 55


CervicalCheck has made a clear commitment in the Women's Charter to provide equal access for all eligible women, including those with special needs. The following measures have been put in place:

  1. Accessibility of this website.
  2. Access officer
  3. Access to the cervical screening programme
  4. Accessible information

Accessibility of this website

This site is designed is accordance with the W3C WAI Web Content Accessibility Guidelines and is compliant with Level 2AA standard. It is compatible with screen readers and text equivalents are provided for non text elements. You can modify the size of the text using the controls at the top of each page. The three size options are: normal, large and largest.

A printer friendly version of the site is available through the top or banner navigation; this will remove all web based formatting and print the pages in a logical A4 format optimised for print.

Images are only used when necessary and the ALT attribute is used on all images. The use of coloured text or images is not the only way in which that information is conveyed so people who have difficulty identifying colour will still be able to access the web site.

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Access officer

There is a designated Access Officer for CervicalCheck. The function of the access officer is to facilitate access to, and provide information about smeartaking services to women with special needs who require cervical screening.

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Access to the cervical screening programme

  • There is a choice of almost 5,000 smeartakers available nationwide. Information is available at 'Find a smeartaker - doctor' or from CervicalCheck's Freephone information line - 1800 45 45 55.
  • If you have special requirements to avail of your free smear test, you should contact our Access Officer through Freephone 1800 45 45 55 or
  • Every woman does not require cervical screening, so before attending for a smear test, it may be useful for you to read the 'Who should have a smear test' section
  • Our Access Officer can:
  1. Assist in ascertaining whether you require cervical screening
  2. Contact a smeartaker of your choice to arrange an appointment
  3. Provide you with the details of smeartakers in your area who can facilitate your special requirements
  4. Liaise wtih your general practitiioner to refer you to a service in secondary care if this is required for you to access smeartaking services
  5. Facilitate visually impaired women with a telephone call when her smear test is due. This service is available on request.

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Accessible information

  • Freephone information service - 1800 45 45 55
  • Dedicated email for access issues is
  • All CervicalCheck information leaflets have been granted the National Adult Literacy Agency (NALA) Plain English mark
  • The CervicalCheck website is compatible with screen readers
  • The 'Information sheet for women' which is given to women at their smear test appointment, is available in Braille. Please contact the access officer for a copy. It is also available in 11 languages - Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin). French, German, Irish, Latvian, Lithuanian, Polish, Romanian, Russian and Spanish. It details how a woman's results are used and why her consent is needed to take part in the programme
  • The information leaflets 'About your free cervical screening test' and 'About your smear test results' have been translated into Braille and audio format. Please contact the Access Officer for a copy. They are also available to listen to or download as podcasts and audio clips. Limited versions are available on CD. A pictorial leaflet is also available.

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Is cuid den tSeirbhís Náisiúnta Scagthástála é CervicalCheck
Bosca Oifig Phoist 161, Luimneach
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.