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National Statistics

Cervical Screening Programme - England, 2010-2011

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Official statistics, National statistics
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Geographic coverage:
United Kingdom
Geographical granularity:
Country, Strategic Health Authorities, Primary Care Organisations
Date range:
01 Apr 2010 to 31 Mar 2011


This report presents information about the NHS Cervical Screening Programme in England in 2010-11 and includes data about the call and re-call system, screening samples examined by pathology laboratories and referrals to colposcopy clinics.

11 November 2014:

Subsequent to publication on 24 November 2011 the following minor errors have been identified in Table 1 of the Excel file:

Table 1 - 2011, women with high-grade abnormalities (20-64 years) and percentage of samples found inadequate (25-64 years)

The HSCIC has reissued the figures in Table 1 in the Excel tables file, and apologises for any inconvenience caused.

30 August 2012: Errata note document added above

Note: Some PCT figures in Table 9c in this publication have subsequently been found to need revision. The main PDF report, Excel spreadsheet and CSV files were updated on 12 December 2011. Seven PCTs were affected by this revision as follows: North Tyneside PCT, Northumberland Care Trust, Redcar and Cleveland PCT, South Tyneside PCT, Stockton-on-Tees Teaching PCT, Central & Eastern Cheshire PCT and Central Lancashire PCT. Please note that regional and national figures were not affected. The NHS IC apologises for any inconvenience caused by this revision.

Key facts

  • At 31 March 2011, the percentage of eligible women (aged 25 to 64) who were recorded as screened at least once in the previous 5 years (coverage) was 78.6 per cent. This compares to 78.9 per cent in 2010 and to 79.5 per cent five years ago (in 2006).
  • 'Time from screening to availability of result' is measured as the number of days from the sample being taken to the result being sent by the Primary Care Organisation to the women. In 2009-10, 44.6 per cent of test results were available within 2 weeks. In 2010-11, this figure was considerably higher at 82.8 per cent.
  • Just under 3.7 million samples were examined by pathology laboratories in 2010-11; similar to the numbers examined in 2009-10. Of the 3.7 million samples examined in 2010-11, 3.4 million (93.2 per cent) were submitted by GPs and NHS community clinics.
  • The percentage of laboratory tests authorised (i.e., test results confirmed) within 2 weeks of receipt at the laboratory increased in 2010-11 to 92.9 per cent from 60.5 per cent in 2009-10.
  • In 2010-11, 27.9 per cent of women referred to colposcopy were offered an appointment within 2 weeks. This percentage rose to 65.5 per cent for those offered an appointment within 4 weeks of referral.


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Last edited: 11 April 2018 4:04 pm