A colposcopy is required for women who have an abnormal result from a cervical smear (pap smear).
This is a common procedure that our specialists are experienced in performing. Ormiston Hospital offers a private and comfortable environment for patients coming in for this procedure. If you are coming i
nto Ormiston Hospital for a colposcopy know that it is our priority to ensure all our patients are kept safe and comfortable.
How to get a referral
The results of your cervical smear are sent to the National Cervical Screening Programme and your doctor or smear taker. Your nearest clinic will send you a letter to arrange a colposcopy appointment.
About the procedure
A colposcopy is a detailed examination of the cervix (entrance to the uterus) with a specially lit microscope (colposcope). This is use to diagnose or identify any abnormal cells on the cervix.
As with a Pap Smear, an instrument called a speculum is inserted into the vagina, and then the colposcope is positioned outside the vagina with its light directed on the cervix.
A specialist will perform a colposcopy if your pap smear has shown abnormal or cancerous cells on the cervix.
During the procedure further samples of tissue (biopsies) are usually removed and examined in the laboratory so the doctors can get a clearer idea of the extent of the abnormal cells.
Our Specialist Surgeons
Ask to see one of our specialist gynaecologists: