Test / Diagnostic Procedure: HPV Screening for Cervical Cancer (Swab Test)

HPV Screening tests for the presence of HPV, a virus that causes cervical cancer. All women and people with a cervix aged 25 to 64 should have cervical screening. It is essential to keep up with regular cervical screening appointments. Please note, this service can only be booked alongside other services.

To book offline, call our Womens Health centre directly on: 020 3653 2008

Enquiries: bookings.womenshealth@onewelbeck.com

What is Cervical Smear/HPV Screening?

The cervix is the opening to your womb from your vagina. Cervical screening (a smear test) checks the health of your cervix. All women and people with a cervix aged 25 to 64 should have cervical screening. During the screening appointment, a small sample of cells will be taken from your cervix.

Cervical screening is not a test for cancer, it’s a test to help prevent cancer. This is achieved by testing for HPV virus. HPV is a name given to a group of common viruses, many of which most people will get at some point in their life. Cervical screening checks a sample of cells from your cervix for certain types of human papillomavirus (HPV). The HPV test is a test for a virus called high-risk human papillomavirus (HPV) that can cause cervical cell changes to develop into cervical cancer. So, cervical screening is one of the best ways to protect yourself from cervical cancer.

What happens after a Cervical Smear/HPV Screening?

After you have completed the test, your doctor at Welbeck shall discuss the results with you in depth.

If your tests shows you don’t have high-risk HPV:

  • Your sample will not be looked at for cell changes. This is because it is very unlikely you will develop cell changes or cervical cancer without having high-risk HPV.
  • Depending on your age, you will be invited to have another screening in 3-5 years.

If your tests shows you do have high-risk HPV and your results are positive:

  • If high-risk HPV are found during screening, your doctor will check the same cells for any abnormal changes.
  • If there are no cell changes, you will be invited back for cervical screening in 1 year. This is to make sure the HPV has cleared.
  • If high-risk HPV and cell changes are found, you will be invited for further tests at colposcopy. If abnormal cells are not treated, they may turn into cervical cancer.
  • Not all cell changes develop into cervical cancer, but it is important that they are monitored and treated if needed.

Test / diagnostic pricing

Please note: this service can only be booked alongside other services, and we are currently unable to offer this as a standalone service.  

Please contact the centre to discuss pricing.



Health Insurance

This service or treatment is generally covered by most health insurance policies. You are responsible for checking your insurance policy cover, and you may need a referral letter. Check which insurance companies are covered.


Self-Pay Available

This treatment is available for self-paying users. If you would like to see more information on pricing visit our pricing and payments page.


Consultation Required

For this treatment you will need to have a 1-to-1 consultation at OneWelbeck first. To book in with our team of expert clinicians or to find out more about the process contact the relevant centre team.


Next Day Availability

We usually have next day availability for this service, please call us to check availability.

Women’s health HPV screening

We have brought together a group of leading gynaecologists and breast specialists to form our Women’s Health team. With over 200 years of combined experience, these expert clinicians are the best in their field and are all focused on delivering the very best patient care.