Mothers are being offered one hour of FREE childminding to attend smear tests

Mail Online | 4/30/2019 | Alexandra Thompson Senior Health Reporter For Mailonline
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Mothers are now able to access free childcare to allow them to attend a cervical screening.

Childcare.co.uk, which has more than two million users nationwide, is offering women across the country one hour of free babysitting so they can have a smear test.

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The brains behind the initiative worry many mothers put off the life-saving screening because they 'cannot find the time' and hope the programme will make a 'huge difference'.

Cervical screening attendance is at an 'all-time low', with just 71 per cent of those invited going for their smear, NHS figures show.

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This is despite 99.8 per cent of cervical cancer cases being preventable with proper tests, according to Cancer Research UK.

Richard Conway, founder of childcare.co.uk, said: 'There's been a lot in the media about a fall in women not attending smear tests for various reasons and I suspect a main one for mothers is not finding the time around their children.

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'We wouldn't want women missing out on their smear test because of a lack of childcare and we loved that individual childcarers were offering this, so we thought we'd help out.

'Within the first few hours of us asking our members, we had more than 500 childcarers sign up to the initiative. We hope this will make a huge difference.'

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Childcare.co.uk helps parents find everything from babysitters and au pairs to private tutors and out-of-school clubs in their local area.

Its initiative was inspired by independent childcare providers that offered a similar free service.

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Although a cervical-screening appointment typically lasts just five minutes, childcare.co.uk is offering women a free hour to allow for waiting times at the GP surgery, and travel to and from the clinic.

Robert Music, chief executive of Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust told MailOnline: 'It's fantastic to see so many childminders are very generously offering their services to ensure women do...
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