SMEAR TEST is aimed at young women
from age 16 upwards, and follows the
process a woman has to go through
in having a smear test. We asked
a number of women if they knew
exactly what a smear test entailed
when they went to a clinic for the first
time. The majority did not know what
would actually happen during the test
– hence this song.
The song was thoroughly discussed
by nursing teams at Cervical
Screening Wales and in the Flintshire
area before we agreed to the final
composition. It has turned out to be a
popular song with professionals and
women with learning disabilities. The
words follow closely the information
given in a smear test information pack
developed by Heather Ramessur-
Marsden, Linda Hughes, Penny
Tomlinson and Alison Corfield.
The song is sung from a nurse’s
perspective and by a woman. The
words are deliberately direct and
explicit in order to make clear what
will happen and why it is important to
have the test.
The song is probably best used at the
end of a session on smear tests and
See the articles about Edwin and his work with the Songs For Your Body project in Nursing Standard, July 1–9 2009 (Volume 23 No. 43 pages 22–23). And in Learning Disability Practice, July 2009 (Volume 12 No. 6 pages 23–25).
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