Rita Ora, loyal patient of Queens Clinic, is speaking out to encourage women to get annual smear tests and checks for HPV.

She spoke to Dr Ismail about the important procedure:                              

How important is it to have a smear test?
VITAL. I think all women should have them.
How old were you when you had your first smear test?
17
How did it make you feel?
Safe, looked after, and relieved.
The NHS starts offering them to women aged 25. Why is this too late?
Because women need to be told how to avoid issues sooner.
Growing up, did you feel there was enough information available about them?
No.
Do you think your fans know this information?
No, but I will do all I can to help!
What needs to change to protect young women and encourage them to have a smear test?
Increase awareness and keep encouraging girls to get regular check-ups.

 

The NHS offers smear tests to women over the age of 25. At Queens Clinic, we believe women should start having an annual smear test a year after they become sexually active. It is our mission to raise awareness of the procedure and increase the standard of women’s healthcare by catching changes early on, so that treatments have greater chances of success.

We offer a full check-up alongside the smear test, which includes examination of the breasts, cervix, uterus and ovaries. This is a preventative measure to ensure that any problems are found and can be treated quickly, so we recommend it to all women. For those over 40, we also recommend examination of the colon.

Read more about the smear test, and the conditions that it can help prevent, here.

 

If you would like to have a smear test and check-up, book an appointment with Queens Clinic by phoning us on 020 7935 5540.