The number of women screened by CervicalCheck decreased by over a third last year

The service stopped last March due to the first lockdown and didn't resume until July


It's now operational and women are being encouraged to make their cervical screening appointments as usual. 

But Dr Nóirín Russell, the clinical director of CervicalCheck, says 70,000 fewer women were screened last year.

CervicalCheck campaigner Vicky Phelan says she's been contacted by many concerned women who haven't been able to get smear tests.

She is urging anyone with symptoms of cervical cancer to contact their GP immediately:

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