This is a simple procedure used to look at the cervix, the lower part of the womb at the top of the vagina. It is often done if cervical screening finds abnormal cells in your cervix. These cells are not harmful and often go away on their own, but sometimes there is a risk they could eventually turn into cervical cancer if not treated.

 You may be referred for a colposcopy within a few weeks of cervical screening if:

  • Some of the cells in your screening samples are abnormal.
  • The nurse or doctor who carried out the screening test thought your cervix didn’t look as healthy as it should.
  • It wasn’t possible to give you a clear result after several screening tests.

A colposcopy can also be used to find out the cause of problems such as unusual vaginal bleeding after sex.

Please try not to worry if you have been referred for a colposcopy. It is very unlikely you have a cancer and any abnormal cells won’t get worse while you are waiting for your appointment.

The service is staffed by consultants and a colposcopy nurse specialist. The woman can be offered treatment at the same visit if required.

The team

Name Job title
Miss Kate Aston Consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist and colposcopy lead
Miss Kerry Sargant Consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist
Mr Robert Bates Consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist
Miss Savita Singh Consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist
Mrs Vanitha Kumar Consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist