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National Statistics

Cervical Screening Programme, England - 2015-2016

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Official statistics, National statistics
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Geographic coverage:
United Kingdom
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Local Authorities, Regions
Date range:
01 Apr 2015 to 31 Mar 2016


Updated 19 July 2019: NHS Digital have been made aware of errors or omissions in the CSV files relating to Tables 18, 18a and 19. This data has now been replaced. Please note, the original data contained within the Excel data tables file was correct. Only the csv files mentioned were incorrect.


This report presents information about the NHS Cervical Screening Programme in England in 2015-16 and includes data on the call and recall system, on screening samples examined by pathology laboratories and on referrals to colposcopy clinics.

Key facts

· At 31 March 2016, the percentage of eligible women (aged 25 to 64) who were recorded as screened adequately within the specified period was 72.7 per cent. This compares with 73.5 per cent at 31 March 2015 and 75.7 per cent at 31 March 2011.

· A total of 4.21 million women aged 25 to 64 were invited for screening in 2015-16, representing a fall of 2.4 per cent from 2014-15 when 4.31 million women were invited.

· In 2015-16, 89.1 per cent of letters sent to women tested were reported to have an expected delivery date of within 2 weeks of the sample being taken. This compares to 91.0 per cent in 2014-15.

· Of samples submitted by GPs and NHS Community Clinics, 94.5 per cent of test results were returned Negative.

· 9.4 per cent of patients did not attend colposcopy appointments and gave no prior warning.



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Last edited: 19 July 2019 2:09 pm