The Health Service Executive has made contact with 181 women or their families about a review of their cervical smear test results.

They are among 208 women who had audits carried out on their tests which resulted in a different interpretation of the results.

The HSE is continuing to examine 1,500 cervical cancer cases that were not audited.

Meanwhile, over 7,500 calls have been received by the CervicalCheck information line since it opened last Saturday.

The HSE said these calls are from women who have used the CervicalCheck service in the past and are concerned about the quality and safety of their tests.

A smaller proportion of calls are from women who have previously been diagnosed with cancer, who may have been part of the audit process.

The HSE said the phone lines have been extremely busy, and the priority for call-backs is women with specific clinical queries, or a history of cervical cancer.

It comes as Vicky Phelan, the woman whose court case brought the controversy to public attention, has said she wants to see a Commission of Investigation that is urgent, prompt and public as too much has happened behind closed doors.

Meanwhile, the HSE and the National Screening Service have issued advice and support for women concerned about CervicalCheck tests.

They say that women who have had normal test results in the past should continue to participate in the cervical screening programme, according to their normal schedule.

The HSE said it has been assured that, despite the failings in communication during the CervicalCheck audit, the screening programme is safe and effective.

It also said the quality of the laboratory testing carried out by the programme is as it should be. It added that women can avail of a further test if they wish.


The advice for women with normal CervicalCheck test results:

1. The cervical screening programme is safe and effective, women can continue their normal schedule of tests and review the information on cervicalcheck.ie

2. If women are still worried, they should contact their GP or smear-taker to discuss their concerns.

3. If concerns remain, women can access a free CervicalCheck test from their GP or smear-taker.

The advice for women who are attending a colposcopy clinic or have done so in the past:

1. Review the information on cervicalcheck.ie or call the information line on 1800 45 45 55

2. If women are still worried, they should contact their colposcopy clinic.

3. Any woman who was discharged from a colposcopy clinic in the past, and is not currently in treatment, can access a free CervicalCheck test from their GP or smear-taker.

The advice for women who have been diagnosed with cervical cancer:

1. Call the information line on 1800 45 45 55.

2. The clinical team will return calls as a priority.

3. Review the information on cervicalcheck.ie