You can choose to have your smear done by either a nurse or a doctor. If you have any symptoms of concern it is better to have your cervical smear done by one of the doctors.
Regular smears (every 3 years or more frequently if you have any history of symptoms) are recommended for all women over 20 years who have ever had sexual intercourse. Smear tests are proven to be an excellent way of identifying and preventing the development of cervical cancer. If you would like to make an appointment for a smear test you have three choices –
- You can make an appointment with a practice nurse. Nurse appointments are available during any of our week-day clinics.
- You can have your preferred doctor do your smear. This is the best choice if you have any symptoms you are worried about or if you would like to discuss other matters, such as contraception, at the same time.
- You can have your smear done at the Wanaka Sexual Health Clinic which is held at the medical centre every Tuesday from 3.30pm – 6pm. This is free to Kiwis under 25. Charges apply for other age groups and ethnicities. You are also able to have STI (Sexually Transmitted Infection) screens and get contraceptive advice at this clinic.
Please check with reception for current charges when you make your appointment.
If you have had a smear elsewhere, or you think you do not need one, please let us know so that we don’t bother you with unnecessary recalls.