This bulletin presents information about the NHS Cervical Screening Programme in England and includes data about the call and re-call system, screening samples examined by pathology labs and referrals to coloposcopy and subsequent treatment and outcome.
Note: Revision (13 August 2010)
There is a systematic error in the calculation of repeat inadequate samples quoted in paragraph 2.3.1 of the 2008-09 Bulletin and similar figures from 2006 onwards, which has resulted in a slightly inflated percentage being published. This issue will be addressed in the 2009-10 publication and where year on year comparison occurs, historic data will be amended.
Note: Revision (7 December 2009)
Subsequent to publishing 2008-09 data on 22 October 2009, the London regional Cervical Screening Quality Assurance team identified an error within the colposcopy data for 5 London organisations. The error was as a result of an IT issue which has since been resolved. The data has now been revised (from the above date). There has been a small impact on England level data (increasing figures by approximately 0.7 per cent for referrals) and an increase of 3.6 per cent for London referrals. All relevant tables and text have been revised.