Temporary Suspension of Routine Cervical Cancer Screening
As all health care efforts focus on responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, Dr. Robert Grimshaw, Medical Director of the NSHA Cervical Cancer Prevention Program, is recommending temporary suspension of routine cervical screening (Pap smears) until further notice.
This applies to routine Pap smear screening in Nova Scotia by family physicians, obstetrician / gynecologists, nurses, and nurse practitioners in all settings. SCREENING Pap tests and HPV tests should not be performed, and will not be reported for the foreseeable future. Some tests already performed may not be processed, depending on human resources.
However, it may be appropriate to perform a NON-SCREENING Pap test in some situations. One such example is a pregnant patient with abnormal bleeding suspected to be of cervical origin. Care providers who perform such a test should include the rationale for testing and processing on the requisition. Any provider who has a significant concern of suspected cervical cancer in a patient, is advised to contact a local gynecologist / colposcopist directly regarding management.