Letterkenny GP Dara Scally is inviting local women with worries about CervicalCheck to visit her clinic.
A Donegal practice has launched a dedicated smear test clinic for all women who would like a repeat test in the wake of the CervicalCheck controversy.
The High Court case of Ms Vicky Phelan has led to the revelation of major communication failures regarding clinical audits of the CervicalCheck programme.
The HSE has this week revealed that the cases of 208 women who had a negative smear test were subject to audit, but not all the women were informed. It has also emerged that up to 1,500 more cases of women who had been diagnosed with cervical cancer since 2008 were not rechecked.
As more details in the scandal are announced each day, more questions are being raised. The Scally McDaid Medical Practice in Letterkenny is inviting women to get reassurance by getting a free smear test and talking to the GP team.
‘Don’t Fear the Smear’, says Dr Dara Scally:
Dr Dara at the Scally McDaid Medical Practice invites any patient with worries to contact the surgery at 0749164111 and book an appointment for a cervical smear test.
“We will do everything that we can to help you. We are rolling out special clinics for those who are worried, free of charge, to do repeat smear tests,” Dr Dara said.
If you are not in the Letterkenny area and have concerns about your smear test results, the HSE is currently rolling out a programme for GPs for repeat smears.
Thousands of calls have been made to the HSE CervicalCheck Freephone line which was set up last week. To request a call back, phone 1800454555.
Please note that the CervicalCheck Freephone Information line, 1800 45 45 55 is currently receiving a large volume of calls. We acknowledge that callers may experience some difficulties getting through and apologise for this. pic.twitter.com/RxrC2yWMU5
— HSE Ireland (@HSELive) April 30, 2018
The HSE are prioritising call backs to women who were diagnosed with cervical cancer since 2008 and may have been part of the audit.
The HSE Serious Incident Management Team said they are assured that women who have had normal screening results do not clinically require an urgent smear test.
More information is available at www.cervicalcheck.ie