Smear test recall for 1,200 women in East Yorkshire

Hundreds of women in East Yorkshire are being recalled for new cervical smear tests after their original procedures were carried out incorrectly.

Brough and South Cave Medical Practice said the discovery had been made a year ago when a staff member was being observed during a routine inspection.

A full investigation has taken place since the discovery and letters were sent out on Monday to 1,200 women.

Doctors are urging all patients to be retested within the next six weeks.

Dr Tabitha Tinker, from Brough and South Cave Medical Practice, said: "This is not an unusual length of time to ensure that ladies are properly identified.

Dedicated helpline

"Part of our good practice is to observe our sample takers as part of the ongoing review.

"Each of our sample takers has now been retrained and observed and we meet the highest standards."

A dedicated helpline has also been set up for affected women to get advice and book retests. So far more than 200 women have come forward to get retested, she said.

Dr Tinker said the practice was holding extra retesting sessions during weekends, starting on Saturday.

"Once the samples have been taken the lab will certainly endeavour to have the results out to the ladies within two weeks," she said.

Dr Tim Allison, director of public health for NHS East Riding of Yorkshire, said: "It's unfortunate that this has happened.

"But we want to reassure ladies who are naturally anxious that we're taking every measure to make sure that these retests run well."

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