- Screening Matters Newsletter
The National Screening Unit newsletter
In this issue:
- Southern District Health Board ready to launch new bowel screening programme
- Hearty Hauora: Reaching Māori wahine in a new way
- Changes to the Health (National Cervical Screening Programme) Amendment Bill
- On time cervical screening improves coverage
- Auckland District Health Board's newborn hearing screeners turn super sleuths to find unscreened babies
- The National Screening Unit website is changing
- Communicating online via the Time to Screen Facebook page
On time cervical screening improves coverage
Being screened outside of a three-yearly screening interval carries clinical risk and has the effect of reducing coverage.
A simple way practices can improve coverage is by increasing screening on time.
After receiving a recall letter, most women take a month or more to make an appointment for a smear. Therefore, women should be recalled up to 3 months ahead. Even more time is needed for priority group women, or women who have been slow to attend in the past.
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