Cervical Cancer: Screening

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 22nd March 2019.

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Photo of Helen Hayes Helen Hayes Labour, Dulwich and West Norwood

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the current average time is for cervical screening results in each laboratory linked to each NHS Trust and Foundation Trust in London; and what the average waiting time for those results is in England.

Photo of Steve Brine Steve Brine The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

The latest published data for 2017/18 indicated that 58.6% of women received the results of their test within 14 days; 23% of women were waiting over three weeks.

The 2017/18 data indicates that 69.6% of women across London received their cervical screening results within 14 days. The following table shows the average waiting time for cervical screening results in laboratories linked to each National Health Service trust and foundation trust in London:

Cytology Lab

Average waiting time (days)

Northwick Park (London North West University Healthcare NHS Trust)


Viapath (Guy’s and St Thomas’)






Queen’s (Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust)


Princess Royal University Hospital


St George’s


Health Services Laboratory (North Central London)


St Helier

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