Two weeks to give views on why women do not have cervical screening test

Two weeks remain for people to give their views on why many women in Waltham Forest are not attending cervical screening appointments.  

Only 63% (65,575) of women aged 25 to 49 who live in the borough are keeping their screening appointments.  

NHS Waltham Forest Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is gathering views via an online questionnaire ‘Investigating women’s low uptake of cervical screening in Waltham Forest’, is available until Monday, 31 October 2016.  

Local GP Dr Mayank Shah, who is the Clinical Director for Cancer at the CCG, said: “Thank you to everyone who has already completed the survey. We are particularly now looking to hear from women in Leyton, Leytonstone and Chingford. 

“Improving screening coverage and awareness of the programme is vital in reducing the number of deaths from cervical cancer.  

“Screening remains one of the best ways to spot cervical cancer early, and prevent it from developing.  

“We want to find out why women are not taking the opportunity to have what can be life-saving screening, and do what we can to reduce the barriers. If you know someone who would like to respond but cannot do because of language barriers, please contact the communications team at the email address below. ”  

The CCG also would like to hear from women who would be willing to take part in a closed discussion with clinical leads for cancer services to find out what can be done to encourage more local women to go for the test. 

If you would like to take part in the discussion, or if you are a member of a local community group that would like someone to visit your group and talk about cervical screening, please email communications@walthamforestccg.nhs.uk by 31 October 2016 with your details, putting ‘cervical screening’ in the subject header.