A new report from Cervical Screening Wales has shown that >140,000 Welsh women attended cervical screening (smear test) in 2017/2018.
Test results were declared within 2 weeks in 55% of cases, a rise of 19% over the previous year. Ninety-five per cent of results were declared within 4 weeks. Overall, more than 76% of Welsh women aged 25-64 years have been screened at least once in the last 5 years.
Speaking about the success of the cervical screening programme in Wales, Louise Dunk, Head of Programme for Cervical Screening Wales, said: "We are really pleased with the performance of cervical screening services in Wales this year. Waiting for the results of a smear test can be a worrying time for some women, so it’s good to see an increase in test results returned within two weeks."
Wales is leading the way forward in cervical screening. In September 2018, it became the first nation in the United Kingdom to completely adopt high-risk human papillomavirus testing as the primary cervical screening method. It is a much more reliable and sensitive testing method.