Information about the Colposcopy Department
You will receive an appointment letter, which will tell you the date and time of your appointment, with a leaflet explaining all about colposcopic examination and possible procedures.
Changing or cancelling appointments
If you wish to change or are unable to keep an appointment for any reason, please phone the Department as soon as possible so that your appointment can be offered to another patient.
We automatically discharge and refer patients back to their doctor if they fail to attend appointments on two occasions.
What do you need to bring to clinic?
- Your appointment letter.
- You might find it helpful to write down any questions that you have for the doctor or nurse colposcopist.
When you arrive in the Colposcopy Clinic
The Colposcopy clinic is a dedicated area within the Gynaecology Outpatients. Please report to the Reception desk where staff will check your personal details. These will include details of:
- Your name
- Your address, including postcode
- Contact telephone number
This information is important, as it will allow us to contact you or your G.P if necessary. Your medical records will be given a hospital number that is unique to you and you will find this on the appointment letter that has been sent to you. All the information concerning your health is confidential. All staff who have contact with you and your medical records are obliged to maintain confidentiality at all times.
All new patients will have a full medical history taken. You will have a nurse chaperone with you whilst you are being consulted and examined. Although attending clinics is part of the training for both Medical and Nursing Students, it is your choice whether you wish to see them or not. Whatever your decision is, your treatment and the standard of care you receive will not be affected.
After your Colposcopy Appointment
The Colposcopist you see in clinic will let you know if a further appointment is needed and will record this on your appointment slip. If you decide that you no longer wish to be seen at the hospital, would you please contact the Colposcopy Department as soon as possible so that your appointment can be offered to another patient?
There are public phones available in several areas of the hospital including the main waiting room of the outpatients' clinic. If you bring a mobile phone with you it is very important that it is switched off as it can interfere with the medical equipment used within the hospital.
Patients, Visitors and staff are not permitted to smoke on the hospital grounds.