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Cervix Screening initiates reminder notices to patients and improves access to cervical cancer screening follow-up

BC Cancer Cervix Screening has introduced new program updates that will improve access to cervical cancer screening follow-up, and empower patients to take an active role in protecting their health.
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​New Facilitated Referral Process

The BC Cancer Screening program has implemented a facilitated referral process that ‘fast-tracks’ cervix screening participants that require colposcopy follow-up. The new process will reduce wait times for cytology follow-up and improve adherence to follow-up by ensuring patients are referred for colposcopy quickly. When the Cervix Screening Program receives a cervix screening result that recommends colposcopy follow-up, it will send a referral to a colposcopy clinic based on the patient’s postal code. Primary care providers will receive a Notice of Referral indicating that a patient has been referred for colposcopy by the program on their behalf.

For more information, please refer to this fact sheet or visit www.screeningbc.ca/health-professionals


Direct Patient Recall

BC Cancer Cervix Screening will begin recalling patients directly with mailed reminder letters when they are due for re-screening. Previously, a patient primary care provider was notified when their patient was due for re-screening.

Patients will receive reminder letters 8 weeks before their due date and on their due date. If the Cervix Screening program does not receive a Pap result by 12 weeks after the patient’s due date, a notice will be sent to the primary care provider. This recall protocol is based on the recommendation of a BC Cancer Screening Primary Care Provider Working Group.

For more information, please visit www.screeningbc.ca/health-professionals

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