Cervical Screening


The National Cancer Screening Service

Key information

Women on the Cervical Screening Register (CSR) classified by age and screening status; waiting times; laboratory turnaround times; details of cytology findings, outcomes and results; histology results; reasons for referral and outcomes of appointments at colposcopy services.


The prime source of the data is the Cervical Screening Register maintained by CervicalCheck.


All women on the Cervical Screening Register.



Reference period

Calendar year

Start date



About 10 months after the end of the reference year


  • Age
    Less Than 25 years; 25-29; 30-34; 35-39; 40-44; 45-49; 50-54; 55-60; 61+ years.
  • Coverage by age cohort
    25-29; 30-34; 35-39; 40-44; 45-49; 50-54; 55-60.
  • Clinic type
    GP practices; Clinics; Colposcopy; Gynaecology; STI/GUM.
  • Cytology finding
    Unsatisfactory/Inadequate smear test; Satisfactory/Adequate smear test.
  • Cytology outcome
    NAD (no abnormality detected); ASC-US; AGUS; LSIL; HSIL (moderate); HSIL (severe); Query Invasive Squamous Carcinoma; AGC.
  • Grade of cytology result
    AGUS; High grade; Low grade; Result not available; Unsatisfactory/inadequate.
  • Reason for referral to colposcopy service
    Abnormal smear test result; Clinical indication - non urgent; Clinical indication - urgent; Reason not recorded.
  • Laboratory turnaround time
    Within 2 weeks; Within 3 weeks.
  • Outcome of appointments at colposcopy services
    Attended; Cancelled; DNA (Did not attend with no advance notification of non-attendance); Outcome not recorded.
  • Waiting times for women referred to colposcopy
    Up to 2 weeks; Greater than 2 and up to 4 weeks; Greater than 4 and up to 8 weeks; Greater than 8 and up to 12 weeks; Greater than 12 weeks; Not available.
  • Histology result
    No CIN/NO HPV (normal); CIN 1; CIN 2; CIN 3; CGIN; Adeno-carcinoma in situ/CGIN; Cancer (including micro-invasive).


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