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Wanaka Medical can provide cervical screening with one of our doctors or specialist nurses.

Cervical screening is the name given to the process of taking cells from the cervix (cervical smear) and the subequent testing of these cells to determine if any abnormalities are evident. Because the development of cervical cancer is slow, regular

cervical screening is the best way to reduce your risk. Any early cervical cell abnormalities or pre cancerous cells can be treated before developing into cancer.

Cervical cancer is usually triggered by the human papillomavirus (HPV).

Cell changes resulting from an HPV infection can return to normal without intervention but in some cases can develop into cancer.

Cervical screening is recommended to all women aged 20 to 69 who have ever been sexually active. The National Cervical Screening Programme recommends that women have a cervical smear test every 3 years. Some women may be asked by their medical professional to have more frequent screening depending on a variety of factors.

In summary, the best protection for cervical cancer is being immunised against HPV and having regular smear tests once you turn 20.

It only takes a few minutes and it could save your life.

When phoning for an appointment, let our receptionists know that this is what you require and they will make an appointment with someone that suits you.

Maureen McNeill (Nursing and Quality Leader)

Maureen is the Nursing and Quality Leader Maureen joined Wanaka Medical in 2006 and leads the experienced and professional team…

Dr Linda Garrett

Linda graduated from Otago University in 1985 and began working at Wanaka Medical in 2001. Linda is a director of…

Emma Burnell (Clinical Nurse Specialist)

Emma graduated from Winchester University in the UK in 2000 and joined the Wanaka Medical team in 2018. She has…