NURSES are replacing consultants at clinics for women at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary.
Cervical smear tests at the infirmary are normally done by consultants.
But four gynaecology nurses have undergone training at Bradford University and are now running the clinics.
The clinics are for women who have had colposcopy investigations at the infirmary, following suspect test results from smear tests at their family doctor.
Rachel Jennings, cytology adviser with the South Huddersfield Primary Care Trust, was appointed for a six-month period to set up the weekly clinics.
They will be run by Pauline Yuen and Francesca Malatesta at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary and Helen Crookes and Chris Spence at the Calderdale Royal Hospital in Halifax.
The nurses carry out smear tests six months after patients have seen a consultant for a colposcopy and send follow-up letters.
The clinics free up consultants, who can now see new patients faster.