Where to go for cervical screening (smear) tests

It is important you feel comfortable with the person who takes your smear. You can choose where to go to have smears:

  • Your local doctor or practice nurse
  • Local sexual health service
  • Community health services and clinics, such as
    • Guinness Street Wellness Room (Greymouth)
    • Number Thirtyseven (Westport)

Clinics and Dates

NCSP Outreach clinics are held throughout the year. Clinic hours may vary so please check what times are available.

Clinic (Location)DateSmear Taker
GreymouthAppointments frequently available as requiredNyoli
WestportTuesday, 12 FebruaryNyoli
GreymouthSaturday, 16 FebruaryNyoli
KarameaMonday, 18 FebruaryTina
HokitikaWednesday, 23 FebruaryTina
HokitikaWednesday, 27 FebruaryNyoli
WestportTuesday, 5 MarchNyoli
HokitikaTuesday, 12 MarchNyoli
GreymouthSaturday, 23 MarchNyoli
Hari HariTuesday, 26 MarchNyoli

Note: Additional clinics will be listed (usually monthly) and once times have been confirmed.

For appointments or information on the above clinics please contact

Lisa Teasdale, Register Co-ordinator: Phone: 03 769 7853

Tina Fox, Smear Taker based in Westport, available Coast wide: Phone: 027 471 8178 (Sending text-messages is fine.)

Nyoli Waghorn-Rogatski, Smear Taker based in Greymouth, available Coast wide: Phone: 03 769 7751, Mobile: 027 404 1692 (Sending text-messages is fine.)

Who should have cervical smear tests?

All women who have ever had sex should have cervical smear tests every three years from age 20 to age 70, including if you:

  • Have been immunised against HPV
  • Are single
  • Have sex with men
  • Have sex with women
  • Are a trans person with female anatomy
  • Are no longer having sex
  • Have a disability
  • Have been through menopause
  • Have had a subtotal hysterectomy (where the cervix is not removed)

If you are pregnant or have a new baby and are due for a cervical smear test, it is usually safe and recommended to do so.
Call the NCSP on 0800 729 729 for more information.

Some older women think they do not need to have cervical smear tests, especially if they are no longer sexually active. However, there is still a chance cancer will appear in later life.

In New Zealand, it is very rare for women under the age of 20 to develop cervical cancer.

Women who have never been sexually active do not need to have cervical smear tests.

Women who have had a total hysterectomy (where both the uterus and the cervix are removed) do not usually need to have smear tests unless advised to do so, usually if you have had treatment for cervical cancer or precancer.

When to have smear tests

We usually recommend you have a cervical screening test every three years.

If it is your first smear, or your first one in a while, you might be called back sooner than three years for your next test. This is to reduce the chances of any abnormal cells being missed.

You might also be asked to come back sooner if you have an unsatisfactory smear or an abnormal result. Some women with immune disorders or higher risk of developing cancer should have a cervical smear test each year.

If you think you may need a smear test earlier than planned, please talk to your smear taker.

See your health care professional if you have:

  • Bleeding between menstrual periods
  • Bleeding after sex
  • Bleeding after menopause
  • Unusual discharge from your vagina
  • Persistent pain in your pelvis
  • Pain during sex

These symptoms can happen for many reasons, but they should be checked out.

Contact us

To book a cervical screening test talk to your local doctor or nurse, or call:

National Cervical Screening Programme (NCSP): 0800 729 729

West Coast NCSP (Community Services): 03 769 7799

To find out when your smear test is due talk to your local doctor or nurse, or call:

West Coast NCSP Register Coordinator: 03 769 7853

Page last updated: 31 January 2019

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