"170 miles travel to get a cervical smear!!"
About: NHS Highland (Health) NHS Highland (Health)
Posted by BusyMum (as ),
It appears that our local medical practice (Applecross Medical Practice) cannot offer smear tests to us ladies. It is staffed by two male GPs. My friend has been told to contact our nearest hospital in order to make an appointment for a smear. This hospital is 85 miles away - return journey of 170 miles! This is totally unacceptable. Surely the practice could provide a female doctor or trained nurse could be asked to visit the practice once in a while to do such procedures or arrangements could be made for us to travel to the next nearest practice. NHS services appear to be lacking in rural communities as it is but they are especially bad in this practice.