27 week wait for Kildare women on the CervicalCheck screening programme

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Paula Campbell

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27 week wait for Kildare women on the CervicalCheck screening programme

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Kildare women on the CervicalCheck screening service will have to wait up to 27 weeks for a result due to a backlog of around 78,000 slides according to the HSE.

All  78,000 slides need to be examined, and it is taking up to 27 weeks to provide reports on the cancer checks.

It takes an average of 93 days for laboratories to report on smear checks.

According to the HSE CervicalCheck processes about 250,000 cervical screening tests each year.

In 2018, an additional 90,000 women came forward for screening, due to understandable concerns about cervical screening following the CervicalCheck crisis; 58,000 of these were free repeat or out of cycle smear tests.

Almost 370,000 screening tests were submitted during 2018 and approximately 78,000 of these are still being processed by our laboratories.

“This compares with approximately 23,000 smear test samples, which we would normally expect to be in progress at any one time,” said a HSE spokesperson.

“This increased workload has led to long and very regrettable delays in the reporting of results. Results are currently being reported on average within 93 days of the test being taken and in some cases this is taking up to 27 weeks. In the past, results would have been available in approximately 4 to 6 weeks. Details have been available on the HSE’s website and provided to women contacting our programme. We apologise sincerely to women affected by these delays and assure them that we are doing everything we can to improve this situation.”

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