The Cervical Cancer Screening Laboratory continues to process any Pap samples it receives and sends primary care providers the results.
Primary care providers can expect higher-than-normal lab processing times and normal capacity for downstream colposcopy procedures throughout the province. Current turnaround times for Pap test results can be found here.
Colposcopy clinics are accepting referrals as normal and booking patients for follow-up. Patients who have been recommended for colposcopy should be referred.
Patients with significant symptoms including post-coital bleeding, persistent intermenstrual bleeding and/or a persistent vaginal discharge that cannot be explained by benign causes such as infection should have a speculum examination by someone with experience in cervical disease. Referral to a colposcopist is appropriate and may be expedited if the clinical suspicion is high. A Pap test is not required for referral.