Cervical cancer screenings free for Bailiwick women
Women in Guernsey and Alderney aged between 25 and 65 will no longer need to pay for cervical cancer screenings.
Up until this year, most women had to pay for the service, but the Committee for Health and Social Care has agreed to cover the cost.
It is hoped this will encourage more local women to attend their appointments, with the aim of eventually eliminating the disease in the Bailiwick.
Director of Public Health, Dr Nicola Brink, says:
‘Each year in Guernsey and Alderney, approximately 5 new cases of cervical cancer are diagnosed with approximately 1-2 deaths from cervical cancer recorded per year.
‘The cervical screening programme, together with our HPV vaccination programme, will help us move towards our goal.’
President of the Committee for Health and Social Care, Deputy Heidi Soulsby, says:
‘This is an excellent initiative that will hopefully increase screening attendance and lead to better health outcomes for women.
‘We are committed to improving outcomes through prevention and early intervention, as outlined in the Partnership of Purpose policy letter.
‘This change also means that cervical screening will now be free like the two other cancer screening programmed for bowel and breast cancer.’
Eligible women will be automatically invited to an appointment and should contact their GP practice, Choices or the Orchard Clinic to book the screening.