1. What proportion of women in Kent, Surrey and Sussex get their smear test results with the two-week target? In the part of Surrey that Berkshire and Surrey Pathology provide the service, currently 96%.
2. What is the longest a woman from Kent, Surrey or Sussex has had to wait for her smear test result since 2016? And why did they wait this long? Longest wait over that time period was 8 weeks due to 30% increase in workload during the 1st quarter of 2016.
3. Do you have a backlog of smear test cases to examine? If so, how big is this backlog? BSPS do not currently have a backlog.
4. Some trusts have reported a shortage of cytologists. Do you have any staff shortages? Yes, there are some staff shortages.