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May 25, 2015

New venue for West Coast Cervical Screening Clinics

Free monthly cervical screening clinics for West Coast women are set to continue thanks to a new partnership between West Coast District Health Board and the Cancer Society.

Janet Hogan, National Cervical Screening Programme Regional Programme Manager, is delighted that the partnership ensures free monthly 'Saturday smear clinics' can carry on.

"It's fantastic news to be able to continue to provide this service to West Coast Women at the Cancer Society Centre at 98 High Street," Janet says.

"Especially following the closure of the Greymouth Well Women's Centre where we've run clinics for last 20 years."

The first clinic at the Cancer Society Centre will be held 9am - 12pm this Saturday 23 May, with West Coast DHB Maori nurse taking smears for the day.

Jenny Kenning, Manager of Cancer Society's West Coast Centre, says women who have booked for the clinic are happy the service is continuing and that having a centrally located venue is a bonus.

Ms Hogan and Ms Kenning see the two services working together as a win-win.

"More importantly it is all about meeting women's needs and making access to proactive health care simpler and more convenient," Jenny says.

"The Cancer Society is delighted we can work in partnership with the West Coast District Health Board to ensure that the incidence of cancer is continually reduced."

To find out when your next smear is due, either call your GP or free-phone 0800 729 729.


HPV and cervical smear facts:

  • Sexual activity spreads Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) and in women, infection by HPV can lead to cancers, including cervical cancer
  • Changes in the cervix caused by HPV infection happen very slowly
  • A cervical smear test saves lives because it's all about finding changes early
  • A smear test every three years increases the chance abnormal cells will be detected and treated long before they ever become cancer
  • The sooner abnormal cells are found, the sooner a woman can be treated and the more likely treatment has a positive outcome
  • HPV vaccinations for 12 year old girls help prevent infection by the HPV virus in the first place, coupled with regular cervical smear tests, give the best possible protection against cervical cancer.


For more information visit the official Cervical Screening government website, or

Lee Harris,
Senior Communications Advisor
West Coast District Health Board
t: +64 27 836 1528

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