NHS County Durham have discovered a number of cervical smear tests carried out since 1988 which have not reached a satisfactory standard and as a result have contacted approximately 1,000 women to have the test carried out again as a precaution.

Cervical Cancer

Cervical smear tests are carried out to detect abnormal cells which if left untreated may go on to develop into cancer.

Leanne Couzens from Thompsons Solicitors’ Clinical Negligence Unit in Newcastle said "Early diagnosis and treatment of cervical cancer is paramount to a woman’s survival. A delay in diagnosis of cervical cancer can allow the cancer to spread and can result in more extensive treatment being required, more pain and suffering and in some cases; reduced life expectancy. Sadly we have over the years dealt with a number of failed or delayed diagnosis cases and we have members of the Clinical Negligence Team here at Thompsons who will be happy to speak to anyone affected by these unsatisfactory tests."