Cervical Screening

Women aged 20-69 are advised to have a cervical smear test every three years. You have a choice of where to go for a smear test (see below).

A cervical smear test is not a test to look for cancer. It is a screening test that looks for abnormal changes in cells on the surface of the cervix (the neck of the uterus or womb).

Some cells with abnormal changes can develop into cancer if they are not treated. Treatment of abnormal cells is very effective at preventing cancer.


Your own doctor or practice nurse will usually be able to provide smear tests. Alternatively, the Family Planning Clinic also offers this service.
The Waikato DHB Sexual Health Service will also provide this service as part of a sexual health clinical assessment. The cost for a cervical smear varies and some practices provide the service for free.

Contact information

National Cervical Screening Programme
Ph: 0800 729 729

Health Waikato Cervical Screening Programme coordinator
Ph: (07) 834 3632