Very Important Invitation is a co-production between Suffolk GP+, Public Health bodies, local charities, women and people in the community and Facebook admins to promote accessible cervical screening.
Where our service operates from
Bury St Edmunds
Appointments available on evenings and weekends
Cervical screening can be very daunting for many reasons, and we want every single woman and person with a cervix in Suffolk to realise that no matter how you may feel about this quick and simple procedure, we have everything in place to make sure that you feel happy and safe when you are with us.
We are all very concerned with the current data about cervical smear testing in Suffolk. Women and people within the 25 to 49 age range, those living with disabilities, physical and mental health issues, those that have experienced trauma and/or abuse, and people from some ethnic communities are far less likely to accept their cervical smear invitation than others.
It is heartbreaking to think that if you are within these categories, there is a real risk that cases of cervical cancer will not be spotted until it is too late for treatment. This is what drives us to want to make things better.
The Suffolk GP Federation and co-producers have been working around the clock to create a testing service that is accessible to EVERYONE, with evening and weekend appointments to make sure that we can see even more people for screening. We understand that the screening process can make people feel physically and mentally vulnerable. So, whilst, in-clinic we will do everything to support you and make you feel safe… you are in control.
The cervical screening in GP+ will always be carried out by a female nurse, you can bring a friend or person of support, request a longer appointment, we can supply a translator, you can ask for a smaller speculum, listen to music and if you need us to stop, we will stop. These are just some of the many adjustments we can make to support you through the appointment.
Requesting an appointment is very straightforward using our booking request form or you can call your GP practice, but whichever method you use it is vital that you tell us if you need any extra support at your appointment. If you let us know, we can make this happen and ensure that you are not denied this potentially life-saving screening.
The service is being managed by Suffolk GP Federation on behalf of GP practices and includes evening and weekend screening appointments via the Suffolk GP+ service.
Clinics running from bases in Ipswich, Felixstowe, Haverhill, and Wickham Market.
Sudbury, Mildenhall, Newmarket, Bury St Edmunds, and Stowmarket opening soon.