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Cervical Cytology/HPV Screening

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Specimen/Container Requirements:

Further Information:

Cervical Cytology/HPV Screening

LBC Smears

The specimen should be taken following the normal smear taking protocol.

The collected specimen should then be rinsed out into a Hologic Thin Prep Pap Test (LBC) specimen vial

Please ensure the vial is within the date specified. If it is out of date then it must NOT be used.

Each LBC sample should be placed in a clear polythene bag and sent to the laboratory in the appropriate white cervical cytology samples only (LBC) bag and accompanied with a Specimen Dispatch Note.

For general/technical enquiries please contact:

Graham Reid: 0141 354 (8)9541

Gillian Collins: 0141 354 (8)9524

 

The specimen should be taken as described in the LBC Training CD Rom supplied to smear takers by NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde. Other boards should follow their normal smear taking protocol. The collected specimen should then be rinsed out into a Hologic™ Thin Prep Pap Test (LBC) specimen vial.

Please ensure the vial is within the date specified. If it is out of date then it must NOT be used.

Requests for cervical smears should be generated electronically at the smear taker location using the Scottish Cervical Call and Recall computer system (SCCRS). The vial should be appropriately labelled using the bar coded SCCRS label and sent to the laboratory.

Each LBC sample should be placed in a clear polythene bag and sent to the laboratory in the appropriate White Cervical Cytology Samples Only (LBC) bag (GGC) and accompanied with a Specimen Dispatch Note (GGC).

Sample takers from other health boards should use their respective collection bags and tracker sheets as appropriate. Samples are then transferred on to the local ‘hub’ for forwarding to the lab in GGC using the provided DX courier and collection/delivery bags.

In exceptional circumstances cervical smear samples can be sent to the laboratory accompanied by a paper request form. Smear takers who send paper requests with the sample to the laboratory must use the official SCCRS Cervical Cytopathology Request Form, which can be downloaded from the NHS Scotland “Show” website.

http://www.sccrs.scot.nhs.uk/Documents/sccrs/stccrform(Rev%202).pdf.

Smear takers must give a reason as to why a paper request was sent, such as SCCRS not working at smear taker location  

 

Contacts

The Cervical Cytology Department aims to provide the best possible diagnostic service. Should you have a general/technical enquiry or comments about any aspect of the service please contact:

Graham Reid: 0141 354 (8)9541

Gillian Collins: 0141 354 (8)9524

 

For more information on the national screening programme please visit:

https://www.nss.nhs.scot/specialist-healthcare/screening-programmes/cervical-screening/

Last Updated: 22 February 2021