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National Statistics

Cervical Screening Programme - England, 2009-2010

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01 Apr 2009 to 31 Mar 2010


This bulletin presents information about the NHS Cervical Screening Programme in England in 2009-10 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.

Subsequent to publishing the Cervical Screening Programme, England, 2009-10 report on 21 October 2010, a number of necessary changes were identified. For full details please see the Errata document above. The HSCIC apologises for any inconvenience caused.

Key facts

  • At 31 March 2010, the percentage of eligible women (aged 25 to 64) who were recorded as screened at least once in the previous 5 years (coverage) was 78.9 per cent. Although overall coverage of women aged 25 to 64 has not changed since last year, there have been changes in coverage in the different age groups. For those aged 25 to 49 (who are invited every 3 years) coverage at 31 March 2010 increased to 74.0 per cent compared with 72.5 per cent last year. Among women in the older age range, 50 to 64 years (who are invited every 5 years) coverage fell slightly to 78.9 per cent from 80.0 per cent the previous year
  • The number of women aged 25 to 64 invited for screening increased by 48,734 in 2009-10, taking the total number of invitations for this age group to just under 4.1 million
  • Although the number of women invited for screening in 2009-10 increased over the previous year, the number of women tested fell. Just under 3.3 million women in the Cervical Screening Programme target age range (25-64 years) were tested in the year. This compares with 3.6 million in 2008-09 and 3.2 million in 2007-8
  • In 2009-10, 44.6 per cent of test results were sent by Primary Care Organisations (PCO) to women within 2 weeks of the sample being taken. This is a substantial increase on 2008-09 when 21.4 per cent were sent within 2 weeks
  • Further key findings are included in the Executive Summary of the Cervical Screening Programme 2009-10 Report.


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Last edited: 11 April 2018 4:04 pm