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Colposcopy

Our Clinics mainly provide care for women with abnormal cervical smears. We diagnose and treat various conditions including abnormal cells and early cancers of the cervix. We also care for women with other conditions affecting the vulva and vagina.

Colposcopy clinics in GGC

  • Stobhill Hospital
  • Royal Alexandra Hospital
  • Inverclyde Royal Hospital
  • Vale of Leven Hospital

 

What is Colposcopy?

Colposcopy is an examination to look closely at the cervix (neck of the womb) using a special microscope.

Similar examination may be performed at the vulva (vulvoscopy) or vagina (vaginoscopy)

Small tissue samples (biopsies) may be taken to check for any pre-cancerous or cancerous change.

Treatment for pre-cancerous change can also be done at the same time if needed.

Most patients seen in colposcopy do not have cancer. We aim to spot and treat abnormalities before they become cancerous.

  

Who needs to be seen in the Colposcopy clinic?

Patients with:

  • abnormal smears
  • abnormal cells on their cervix (CIN – Cervical Intra-epithelial Neoplasia) who require treatment
  • found to have abnormal looking cervix or symptoms by their GP / nurse, requiring a second opinion
  • with suspected or proven vulval abnormalities

 What happens in the clinic?

  • It is ok to come to your appointment during a period
  • The doctor will check your details and smear history.
  • You will be asked to get change in a private area.
  • The doctor will examine you on a couch with leg supports.
  • A speculum will be placed into the vagina (similar to a smear test).
  • A solution will then be applied to the cervix to help showing up any abnormality.
  • If any abnormality is seen, the doctor may:

        Take a biopsy (a tiny piece of the surface of the cervix); this may sting briefly.

Or

  • Offer treatment at same appointment (see & treat) or later date
    • For those who need treatment, local anaesthetic is injected into the cervix (can sting a little for a very short time), so you will not feel any pain during treatment.
    • We offer 2 types of treatment:
  • ‘LLETZ’ / ‘a loop’
    • A thin wire to remove the abnormal area from the cervix.
    • The tissue removed will be sent away for more test
  • Cold coagulation / ‘short heat treatment’
    • The abnormal tissue will be burned away by heat
    • No tissue sample will be sent away with this method
  • Our staff will check that you are feeling well after the procedure and offer after-care advice.
  • The doctor will write to you with test results. (It is important that we have the right address for you)

 

The Stobhill Hospital colposcopy team are:

Dr K Burton

Dr C Kumar

Dr R Lindsay

Dr S Mathew

Dr A Nausheen

Dr N Siddiqui

Dr S Vella

Dr S Wong (North Glasgow Lead Colposcopist)

Dr Dunsmore

 

The Clyde colposcopy team are:

Dr V Flanagan (Clyde Lead Colposcopist)

Dr R Gupta

Dr A Hafez

Dr M Hair (GGC Colposcopy Lead)

Dr S Meti

Dr S Morgan

Dr A Paterson

 

Contact details

If you need to contact the clinic for any reason e.g you are running a little late, the contact number are as follows:

    • Royal Alexandra Hospital    0141 314 6719
    • Inverclyde Royal Hospital    01457 525 411
    • Vale of Leven Hospital        01389 817 275
    • Stobhill Hospital                0141 355 1209

 

Additional Information

Last Updated: 27 May 2021