The 221+ CervicalCheck patient support group has said that the long-awaited outcomes of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) review of smear tests of over 1,000 women will soon be communicated to those who took part in the review.

A package of advance information will be arriving with the women involved this week, outlining a number of options from which each woman can choose how they wish to receive their report.

The detailed reporting of results to each woman will then begin next week from ‪16 September.

This will be either with a face-to-face meeting, or by mail, as women choose.

The support group said that women involved in the RCOG process had waited over a year for an outcome from this independent review of the accuracy of the reporting of their previous cervical smears.

It said that in bringing that wait to its full conclusion, it is important that women get absolute clarity.

A dedicated HSE information help line is now available on Freefone ‪1800 832191 to assist women select the option that best suits them.

The support group said the HSE had already advised that any woman whose reviewed slides show a significant discordance from her original test results will get immediate access to a package of State supports, including a medical card and counselling.

In parallel, the services of the 221+ group will be available to any woman whose slides are reported as discordant in the RCOG review.

HSE Chief Operations Officer Anne O'Connor said its priority has been to take the views of women and their families into account in planning the communication of the individual RCOG reports.

She said the reports would  be shared in an open, sensitive and timely manner.