Cervical Screening Clinic

Now's the time to get checked.

Regular cervical screening is your best protection against cervical cancer. In 2023, human papillomavirus (HPV) screening became the new method for cervical screening in Aotearoa New Zealand. It looks for the human papillomavirus, which causes cell changes that may lead to cervical cancer.

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Cervical Screening Clinic at QMC

There are now two options for how you have your screening sample taken.

A Vaginal Swab

The vaginal swab is quick and easy to do. But this may not be suitable for everyone. Some people may be recommended to have a cervical cell sample taken (previously known as a smear test) depending on their screening history.

A Cervical Sample

Some people may prefer to have their sample taken as a cervical sample. A cervical sample also tests for HPV.  If you do a vaginal swab test and HPV is found, you will either be recommended to return to have a cervical sample taken as a follow-up test, or referred directly to colposcopy. This will depend on the type of HPV detected.

A Vaginal Swab

The vaginal swab is quick and easy to do. But this may not be suitable for everyone. Some people may be recommended to have a cervical cell sample taken (previously known as a smear test) depending on their screening history.

A Cervical Sample

Some people may prefer to have their sample taken as a cervical sample. A cervical sample also tests for HPV.  If you do a vaginal swab test and HPV is found, you will either be recommended to return to have a cervical sample taken as a follow-up test, or referred directly to colposcopy. This will depend on the type of HPV detected.

How to book

Queenstown medical centre has dedicated cervical screening clinics at Jacks Point, Isle street and Remarkables Park.  Bookings can be made either into our cervical screening clinic or with a nurse.


Please search for either of these options on Manage My Health or call  03 441 0500.

Book your appointment

You can book online using the Manage My Health website or app if you are an enrolled patient. Alternatively, you can book in person or by phoning reception on 03 441 0500.

The examination

Appointments are 15 minutes in length and offer two options for how you have your screening sample taken. A vaginal swab — you can either self-test or a health professional can help. A cervical sample (previously known as a smear test) — taken by a health professional.

Follow up if required

Your privacy is our priority. If you wish to see the same clinician again, we can book you for a follow-up if required.

Supplementary Service

Looking for Sexual Health Support?

Queenstown Sexual Health Clinic is a specialist service offering confidential sexual health advice and support, including diagnosis and management of sexually transmitted infections (STIs), HIV and other related conditions, such as certain genital skin conditions or genital pain.

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Frequently asked questions

I'm worried about HIV, what should I do?

If you are worried that you have been exposed to HIV within the last 72 hours, you may require Post-Exposure Prophylaxis following sexual exposure (PEPSE). PEPSE can be accessed at our sexual health service or at the Urgent Care Clinic. Further information on PEPSE can be found here.

If you think you need an HIV test, you can attend a clinic one month following a possible exposure to HIV. It can take one month to detect HIV in a blood test. You may be at risk of HIV if you have had unprotected sex with someone who has HIV or if you share needles and have wounds exposed to infected blood.

How long after sex should I be tested?

After unprotected sexual contact, you can have a test to check for sexually transmitted infections or STIs. To ensure the test is accurate, you may be asked to repeat the test after a certain amount of time after the sexual contact. This time is also known as a “window period”. The window periods are different for different infections: Chlamydia and Gonorrhoea – two weeks after sexual contact. HIV – one month after sexual contact. Syphilis and Hepatitis – three months after sexual contact.

What is HPV?

There are many different types of HPV, and some are more likely than others to lead to cervical cancer,  95% of cervical cancers are caused by HPV.  The body is pretty good at clearing the virus itself, usually within 2 years, especially in people under 30. However, sometimes it can persist and may develop into cervical cancer over time. Approximately 4 out of 5 adults will had HPV at some time in their lives. It is spread through intimate skin-to-skin contact and any sexual activity.

People with HPV usually:

·         do not have symptoms.

·         do not know they have it

·         have no problems or complications

This is why is really important to have yourself screened regularly as the test can pick up abnormal cell changes very early before they progress to cervical cancer.

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Services

At QMC we offer personalised care to our enrolled, casual patients or visitors travelling through Queenstown. You don’t have to be enrolled to visit us. View our practice locations below.

Isle Street

As our Isle Street practice is our biggest centre, our healthcare providers work in two general practice teams to provide our enrolled and regular casual patients with a higher standard of healthcare. These teams comprise of GPs, Nurse Practitioners, Registered Nurses and Healthcare Assistants...

Isle Street

Jacks Point

Staffed with GPs, Nurse Practitioner, Practice Nurse, Health Improvement Practitioner, Health Improvement Coach and a co-located Physio on site...

Jacks Point

Remarkables Park

The Remarkables Park practice includes GPs, Nurse Practitioners, Registered Nurses and Healthcare Assistant appointments. Additional services include a Cervical Screening Clinic, Sexual Health Clinic, and Ear Health Clinic...

Remarkables Park

How we can help you

At QMC, we offer personalised care to our enrolled, casual patients or visitors travelling through Queenstown. You don’t have to be enrolled to visit us. View our practice options below.

Casual Patients & Visitors

New to town or travelling through? We are here to provide exceptional medical care for everyone. You do not need to be enrolled to visit us.

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After Hours & Urgent Care

Open 365 days a year, our After Hours & Urgent Care is available to assist patients with an illness or injury that does not appear to be life threatening.

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Telehealth Appointments

We understand making the trip to visit your doctor can create more pressure. Telehealth offers flexibility, convenience and saves you time.