CervicalCheck screening tests are set to resume in early July.

The HSE is planning to begin testing from 6th July as it works on the backlog of suspended tests due to Covid-19.

Other screening programmes such as BreastCheck and BowelCheck will not restart until September.

Women who are deemed a priority will be contacted for a CervicalCheck appointment in the coming months. Those who will be first called include women who are new to the service and those who must have a smear test annually.

Routine screening appointments will then be arranged, beginning with people who have been waiting for the longest. Women are being asked to wait for your letter asking you to rebook your screening test.

It is estimated that 30-40,000 CervicalCheck tests are normally carried out a month. Tests were put on hold from March due to the Covid-19 pandemic. However, the HSE is aiming to clear the backlog by October.

Dr Colm Henry, HSE Chief Clinical Officer, said the HSE hoped to contact people for breast screening by September after BreastCheck mobile screening vans are re-modelled for the safety of staff and patients.

Letters will also not be issued until September for bowel cancer screening.