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Health Department Has Heard From 129 Cervical-Screening Patients

Feb 01, 2018

The Cumberland County Department of Public Health reported today that it has confirmed contact and response from 129 of 159 patients who received abnormal cervical screening results in its Family Planning, Maternity and Breast and Cervical Cancer Control Program between 2011 and 2015.

Assistant County Manager Duane Holder and Interim Health Director Rod Jenkins updated the Board of Commissioners Policy Committee on the department’s progress in contacting women about their results following an internal audit review released in July about failed notification processes for 159 patients. The Health Department has confirmed hearing from all but 30 patients.

The Health Department plans to send a third, and in some cases, a fourth round of certified letters to the remaining patients.  

“While we are committed to contacting all the patients who received abnormal screening results, we are pleased to have achieved an 81 percent success rate to date,” Holder said.

Women who received cervical screenings, or PAP smears, in the Family Planning, Maternity and Breast and Cervical Cancer Control Program during 2011-2015 and have not been contacted regarding their results should call 910-433-3709, Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. If you reach a voice mailbox, please leave a message that includes your name, date of birth and phone number. A staff member will return your call promptly.