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Referral to a specialist

Find out when GPs refer people to see a specialist.

Your GP should arrange for you to see a specialist if you have symptoms that could be due to cervical cancer. Depending on your symptoms and other factors, this might be an urgent referral.

Seeing your GP

It can be hard for GPs to decide who may have cancer and who might have a more minor condition. For some symptoms, your doctor may ask you to wait to see if the symptoms get better or respond to treatment, such as antibiotics.

UK referral guidelines

There are guidelines for GPs to help them decide who needs a referral.

In England an urgent referral means that you should see a specialist within 2 weeks.

Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland don't have this 2 week time limit. But wherever you live you'll be seen as quickly as possible.

Ask your GP when you are likely to get an appointment.

Urgent referral to a specialist

You should have an urgent referral to a specialist if your GP has looked at your cervix and they can see changes that might be a sign of cervical cancer.

Information and help

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