Cervical Smear Test
If you are sexually active or have been in the past, then you will be offered a Cervical Smear Test (Pap Smear). In Scotland, we currently offer smear testing to Women from the age of 25 – 64. This is a very simple test which can be done by the Practice Nurse at the Surgery. Read more about having a smear test.
You will be sent an invitation to make an appointment to attend for a smear test. The smear test checks for abnormalities of the cervix which can be easily and effectively treated. The cervical smear programme has saved many thousands of women from Cervical Cancer.
If you have never been sexually active you will not need to have a smear test. You will, however, still be sent an invitation. Please reply to your invitation and inform the surgery that you do not require a smear test. This will prevent us writing to you again unnecessarily.
Information about all methods of contraception can be discussed with our Practice Nurses at a routine appointment. Read more about your contraceptive options at www.fpa.org.uk.
The practice offers advice on all methods of contraception and can carry out insertion of Coils (IUS & IUD) and Contraceptive Implants. Coils are fitted by Dr Birney and Dr Graham and Implants by Dr Birney, Dr Burgess, Dr Graham and Dr Haldane; a 10 minute telephone appointment with the relevant doctor is the best way to learn more about whether one of these particular methods would suit you.
Pregnancy testing and Emergency Contraception can be arranged if required. These services are also available at any of the Pharmacies in St Andrews by speaking to the Pharmacist.
All contraceptive services in Scotland are free of charge.
Contraception & Sexual Health Clinics
Smear tests and Contraceptive services are also provided at the St Andrews Community Hospital Family Planning Clinic. This runs by appointment only on a Friday morning. Please phone 01592 647979 for an appointment.
The Student Union Contraception and Sexual Health Clinic also offers these services for students on a Tuesday in term time from 12:30 to 16:30 – Appointments can be made from 12:30 on the day of the clinic.
Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI)
If you find yourself unexpectedly pregnant please make an appointment with one of the GPs to discuss your options in confidence.
Read more about Sexual Health.