Patients in Kingston who have been invited for cervical cancer screening can now attend a clinic on Saturday mornings thanks to a collaboration between RM Partners, Kingston GP Chambers and the South West London Clinical Commissioning Group.

It is hoped that offering appointments at more convenient times, including Saturdays, will enable more patients to take advantage of this potentially lifesaving test.

In 2019/20 in Kingston, slightly over 63% of eligible patients aged 25-49 and just under 73% of those eligible aged 50-64 were screened, compared to the national target of 80%.

Patients who receive their invitation can book for a Saturday appointment at the extended hours clinic through their GP practice, or they can opt to be screened at their own GP surgery.

As part of this service, cervical screening administrators will be calling Kingston patients overdue for screening and will be able to book them into an extended hours clinic.

The first extended hours service opened in early May at Surbiton Health Centre, and additional extended hours clinics are currently being established. Clinics offering evening appointment are also being planned.