'Dry' smear test kit

Conventional, or dry, smear test kit., CerviKit by Cellpath containing: 48 spatula, 50 miscroscope slides, a pack of 50 patient forms, 11 slide holders, 1 pencil. Similar kits for conventional (dry) smear tests were used in hospitals until 2003

The Cellpath Cervikit contains everything needed to carry out a ‘dry’ cervical test sometimes known as a Pap smear, after its developer by Dr Georges Papanicolaou (1833-1962). Samples were taken with a wood spatula and the sample smeared onto a glass slide which was then sent to the lab for examination. When cervical screening was launched in the 1960s in England, many of the technicians in the laboratories were women with families. Labs offered part time hours which could be fitted around home commitments or allowed people to pursue their scientific interests. Technicians or cytoscreeners as they were known were looking through a microscope for ‘abnormal’ cells.

With this method, there was a high occurrence of slides that could not be screened. This meant that people either had to return for another test, were not called back or decided not to return, falling out of the screening programme altogether. Kits like these were used in the United Kingdom from the 1960s when screening was launched until the development of liquid based cytology (LBC) tests in the early 2000s. They were fully phased out by 2008.

Since 2016, cervical screening in England is used to detect HPV (human papillomavirus). Almost all cases of cervical cancer are caused by high-risk HPV. For a small number of people, their immune system will not be able to get rid of high-risk HPV. If left unmonitored or untreated the virus may cause cervical cancer.

Box for conventional

1960-2003

Spatula used for dry smear test

1960-2003

Spatula used for dry smear test

1960-2003

Spatula used for dry smear test

1960-2003

Spatula used for dry smear test

1960-2003

Spatula used for dry smear test

1960-2003

Spatula used for dry smear test

1960-2003

Spatula used for dry smear test

1960-2003

Spatula used for dry smear test

1960-2003

Spatula used for dry smear test

1960-2003

Spatula used for dry smear test

1960-2003

Spatula used for dry smear test

1960-2003

Spatula used for dry smear test

1960-2003

Spatula used for dry smear test

1960-2003

Spatula used for dry smear test

1960-2003

Spatula used for dry smear test

1960-2003

Spatula used for dry smear test

1960-2003

Spatula used for dry smear test

1960-2003

Spatula used for dry smear test

1960-2003

Spatula used for dry smear test

1960-2003

Spatula used for dry smear test

1960-2003

Spatula used for dry smear test

1960-2003

Spatula used for dry smear test

1960-2003

Spatula used for dry smear test

1960-2003

Spatula used for dry smear test

1960-2003

Spatula used for dry smear test

1960-2003

Box of microscope slides

1960-2003

CellPath branded Pencil

1960-2003

Slide mailer to store and transport microscope slides. Part of a conventional

1960-2003

Slide mailer to store and transport microscope slides

1960-2003

Slide mailer used to store and transport microscope slides

1960-2003

Slide mailer used to store and transport microscope slides

1960-2003

Slide mailer used to store and transport microscope slides

1960-2003

Slide mailer used to store and transport microscope slides

1960-2003

Slide mailer used to store and transport microscope slides

1960-2003

Slide mailer used to store and transport microscope slides

1960-2003

Slide mailer used to store and transport microscope slides

1960-2003

Slide mailer used to store and transport microscope slides

1960-2003

Slide mailer used to store and transport microscope slides

1960-2003

Slide mailer used to store and transport microscope slides

1960-2003

Patient request form, part of dry smear test kit

1960-2003

Patient request form, part of dry smear test kit

1960-2003

Patient request form, part of dry smear test kit

1960-2003

Patient request form, part of dry smear test kit

1960-2003

Patient request form, part of dry smear test kit

1960-2003

Patient request form, part of dry smear test kit

1960-2003

Patient request form, part of dry smear test kit

1960-2003

Patient request form, part of dry smear test kit

1960-2003

Patient request form, part of dry smear test kit

1960-2003

Patient request form, part of dry smear test kit

1960-2003

Patient request form, part of dry smear test kit

1960-2003

Patient request form, part of dry smear test kit

1960-2003

Patient request form, part of dry smear test kit

1960-2003

Patient request form, part of dry smear test kit

1960-2003

Patient request form, part of dry smear test kit

1960-2003

Patient request form, part of dry smear test kit

1960-2003

Patient request form, part of dry smear test kit

1960-2003

Patient request form, part of dry smear test kit

1960-2003

Patient request form, part of dry smear test kit

1960-2003

Patient request form, part of dry smear test kit

1960-2003

Patient request form, part of dry smear test kit

1960-2003

Patient request form, part of dry smear test kit

1960-2003

Patient request form, part of dry smear test kit

1960-2003

Patient request form, part of dry smear test kit

1960-2003

Patient request form, part of dry smear test kit

1960-2003

Patient request form, part of dry smear test kit

1960-2003

Patient request form, part of dry smear test kit

1960-2003

Patient request form, part of dry smear test kit

1960-2003

Patient request form, part of dry smear test kit

1960-2003

Patient request form, part of dry smear test kit

1960-2003

Patient request form, part of dry smear test kit

1960-2003

Patient request form, part of dry smear test kit

1960-2003

Patient request form, part of dry smear test kit

1960-2003

Patient request form, part of dry smear test kit

1960-2003

Patient request form, part of dry smear test kit

1960-2003

Patient request form, part of dry smear test kit

1960-2003

Patient request form, part of dry smear test kit

1960-2003

Patient request form, part of dry smear test kit

1960-2003

Patient request form, part of dry smear test kit

1960-2003

Patient request form, part of dry smear test kit

1960-2003

Patient request form, part of dry smear test kit

1960-2003

Patient request form, part of dry smear test kit

1960-2003

Patient request form, part of dry smear test kit

1960-2003

Patient request form, part of dry smear test kit

1960-2003

Patient request form, part of dry smear test kit

1960-2003

Patient request form, part of dry smear test kit

1960-2003

Patient request form, part of dry smear test kit

1960-2003

Patient request form, part of dry smear test kit

1960-2003

Patient request form, part of dry smear test kit

1960-2003

Patient request form, part of dry smear test kit

1960-2003

Smear test kit, branded CerviKit

1960-2003

Details

Category:
Clinical Diagnosis
Object Number:
2019-36
Materials:
cardboard, wood (unidentified), glass and paper (fibre product)
Measurements:
overall (box): 305 mm x 180 mm x 80 mm,
type:
smear test kit
credit:
Gift of London Regional Cytology Training Centre