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Small number of cervical screening recalls referred for further investigation

A small number of women recalled for cervical screening earlier this year have been referred for further investigation

A small number of women recalled for cervical screening earlier this year have been referred for further investigation.

Health authorities confirmed in June that 150 women were invited to have their cervical smear tests redone.

The women were patients at two GP surgeries, Abbott's Cross Practice in Newtownabbey and Dr McKenna's Practice, Thames Street, Belfast.

A spokesperson for the Public Health Agency and Health and Social Care Board said: "The women were invited for the retest in June, when the PHA and HSCB were made aware of possible shortcomings in the technique used to conduct a small number of cervical screening tests (commonly referred to as cervical smears), which may not have adequately sampled all of the cervix.

"The majority of results of the repeat tests have been reported as normal.

"A very small number of women have been referred to colposcopy for further investigation.”

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