HC Deb 02 June 1997 vol 295 c40W
Mr. Cousins

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what written guidance has been issued by his Department on the proper completion of a cervical smear report record; whether the report card requires the reporting of the visual appearance of the cervix; and if it is his policy that reporting of the visual appearance of the cervix should take place. [1656]

Ms Jowell

The cervical cytology request form does not require smear takers to describe the visual appearance of the cervix in all cases. It is recommended that visibility of the cervix and a description be recorded in the woman's medical notes. The condition of the cervix should, however, be included on a request form where there is a suspected abnormality.

The importance of visual inspection of the cervix is emphasised in the British Society for Clinical Cytology's training video and booklet for smear-takers "Taking Cervical Smears" which was promulgated to the National Health Service under cover of EL(94)33. Copies of both these documents are available in the Library.