North East and Yorkshire Cervical Screening Centre

Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust was selected as the preferred bidder to deliver the cervical screening programme for the North East and Yorkshire area using high-risk Human Papillomavirus (HPV) testing as the primary screening test.

We provide approximately 540,000 cervical screening requests from practices across the North East and Yorkshire area.

The efficiency of the service we provide is reliant on the cooperation of our users with the necessary policies relating to safety, sample transport and sample identification.

In its pursuit of excellence and as part of its continuous quality improvement programme the NEY Cervical Screening service participates in all relevant internal and external quality assurance schemes. All laboratory work is carried out on up to date equipment in a modern laboratory which meets with all statutory requirements of a quality management system.

The laboratory is accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS) for Biomedical Scientist training and Biomedical Scientist Specialist training.

This information is aimed at clinical practitioners who request Cervical Screening test and need information relating to:-

Please use the links below to access the guidance you require:

2  Opening Hours

3   Contact Details

4  Sample Acceptance and Rejection Criteria

5  Instructions for the Completion of the Request Form

6  Instructions for the Transportation of Specimens

7 Specimen Collection and Preparation

8  List of factors known to affect the performance of the examination and interpretation of Results

9  Availability of Clinical Advice on Ordering and Interpretation of examination Results

10  Protection of Personal Information Policy

11  Complaints Procedure

12  Turnaround Times and Reporting

13  Quality Assurance

14  News Letter

15 ICE User Access Request Form – Gateshead Screening Programme