“Thank you and all at BEO for having me talk today at the Armada Hotel. It was my pleasure. If it helps just one woman, it will have been worth it.” – Vicky Phelan
Vicky Phelan came to prominence in Irish public life after she exposed the Cervical Check scandal which involved the mishandling of cervical screening results, leading to the discovery that many women were not informed that their screening had failed to show signs of cervical cancer. She would take an American lab responsible for handling her results to court, and in April of 2018 Vicky won a settlement of €2.5 million from Clinical Pathologies Laboratory, based in Austin, Texas.
A hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles. Vicky, you are our hero, an inspiration to us all and we thank you for the contribution you have made to women’s health in Ireland.
How to book a smear test?
CervicalCheck is the national cervical screening programme that aim to reduce the number of women in Ireland who develop cervical cancer.
Free screening tests are offered to all women aged 25 to 60 who live in Ireland. You can book your screening test directly with a GP or nurse registered with CervicalCheck. If you’re on the CervicalCheck register, they will send you a letter to remind you when your next screening test due.