*NHS Digital must be quoted as the source of these figures
*Regional data available within this report
Screening coverage2 across women aged 25-64, under the NHS Cervical Screening Programme, was 72.73 per cent as at 31 March 2016, down from 73.5 per cent in 2015, and 75.7 per cent in 20114.
Figures released today by NHS Digital, show coverage was lowest among women aged 25 to 49 years - this was 70.2 per cent at 31 March 2016, compared to 71.2 per cent in 2015.
Amongst women aged 50 to 64 years, coverage was 78.0 per cent this year, compared to 78.4 per cent last year.
At a regional level5, coverage of the full target group (25 to 64 years), at 31 March 2016, ranged from 66.7 per cent in London to 75.9 per cent in the East Midlands.
NHS Cervical Screening Programme in England in 2015-16 includes statistics on: women aged 25 to 64 who are invited for regular screening; screening samples examined by pathology laboratories and referrals to colposcopy clinics. The report is used to inform policy and to monitor the quality and effectiveness of screening services.
The 2015-16 report also shows that:
- A total of 4.21 million women aged 25 to 64 were invited for screening in 2015-16. This was a decrease of 2.4 per cent from 2014-15, when 4.31 million women were invited
- The number of women tested6 in the 25 to 49 age group in 2015-16 was 2.34 million, a fall of 2.5 per cent from 2014-15. However, the number of women tested in the 50 to 64 age group, in 2015-16, was 0.74 million, representing a rise of 4.1 per cent from 2014-15
- Cervical screening departments are expected to ensure that at least 98 per cent of result letters are received by post within two weeks of the test. In 2015-16, 89.1 per cent of letters sent to women tested were reported to have an expected delivery date of within two weeks of the sample being taken. In 2014-15, this measure was 91.0 per cent
- The percentage of results showing a high-grade abnormality decreased with age. It was highest at 3.1 per cent for women aged 25-29, falling to less than 0.5 per cent for women aged 50 to 64
Read the full report at: http://content.digital.nhs.uk/pubs/cervical1516