Holy Hormones Honey! Say what? Something smells very Mercky here… Pap smear procedures are relatively simple and it is really hard to believe that a medic had been doing the procedure incorrectly for 13 years. Am wondering if this is a way to diminish the importance of pap smears in favor of the HPV vaccines. Would not put that past Merck & Co.’s (the maker of Gardasil) marketing team. Fear factor has been a major part of their vaccine campaign. Don’t ya love it when doctor’s say ‘the risk is very low.? Then why are we vaccinating millions of adolescent girls?]
Hundreds of women need to have smear tests retaken – after medic found to be carrying out tests incorrectly for 13 YEARS
By Daily Mail Reporter
PUBLISHED: 09:38 EST, 23 May 2012 |
More than 1,200 women who were tested by an individual at the Brough and South Cave medical practice in Hull, East Yorks, have been told they need to book another appointment, after discovering a female medic had not been following the correct procedure.
Every woman who had their last smear test with the staff member – some from as far back as 1999 – has been advised to be retested.
During a routine clinical observation, the staff member was noted to be taking a cell sample from only part of the cervix – when samples from the whole of the cervix is necessary for the test to be accurate.
Despite the sample taker being observed a year ago, when there were no concerns, the health centre has taken the decision to ask every woman who had their last test taken by the individual to be checked.
As the smear test programme is only open to women aged 25 to 64, some women who are over the maximum age had their last smear test with the individual up to 13 years ago.
Dr Tabitha Tinker, a senior partner at Brough and South Cave Medical Practice, said she understands women will be concerned but said the risk is low.
She said: ‘During an internal review of clinical practice, a concern was raised that a proportion of smear tests may not have been to the usual high standard.
‘We took immediate steps to make sure no other women were affected.
The risk that any cervical abnormalities have not been picked up is very low but, as a precaution, we have invited the women involved to attend for a repeat smear test.
‘We want to apologise for any concern and inconvenience.