A cervical smear test review has resulted in 61 patients from the Western Trust area being recalled for a repeat test.
The Western Trust has reviewed a number of cervical smear tests that were screened and reported at its Pathology Laboratory between April 2018 and June 2018.
This review was carried out after variances in the reporting of a number of tests were identified during routine performance checks conducted at the Trust’s Pathology Laboratory. These standard quality checks are carried out every three months.
The Western Trust immediately set up a review team, alerted the Public Health Agency and Department of Health and initiated the review process.
As a result of the review, a total of 86 women have been asked to arrange repeat smear test with their GP. Of the 86 women affected, 61 of them are from the Western Trust area, eight women from the Belfast and South Eastern Trust areas and 17 women from the Republic of Ireland.
Dr Dermot Hughes, Medical Director of the Western Trust, said, “The women affected will have received letters inviting them to contact their GP to arrange a repeat smear test. This does not necessarily mean that the results of their initial test was wrong; the repeat test is a precautionary measure to provide reassurance that all women are being followed up appropriately.
“I understand that this may cause worry and inconvenience for the women affected and I sincerely apologise for this. I would like to reassure everyone that the samples that were reviewed were a small percentage of those screened and reported between April 2018 and June 2018.
“The stringent quality checks that are in place have reassured us that it was only a certain number of tests within this timeframe that were required to be re-examined.”