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In our Colposcopy Clinic we see women who have had abnormal cervical smears (borderline, mild, moderate and severe dyskaryosis) and provide treatment for pre-cancerous problems of the cervix and vulva where necessary. These problems are diagnosed and treated in the colposcopy clinic.

Colposcopy is an examination to look more closely at the cervix (neck of the womb) or vulva. The examination is carried out by a doctor or nurse specialising in colposcopy.  The colposcopy team consists of five consultants and three specialist nurses.  The instrument used is called a colposcope and this magnifies the cervix or vulva.  Biopsies (small samples of tissue) are often taken which aid diagnosis.

We see women with a range of different conditions.  These include:

  • Pre-cancerous abnormalities of the cervix (CIN - cervical intraepithelial neoplasia) and abnormal appearance of cervix seen by the GP.
  • Pre-cancerous abnormalities of the vulva (VIN - vulval intraepithelial neoplasia).
  • Skin conditions of the vulva (such as lichen sclerosis, lichen planus, dermatological problems).
  • Vulvodynia.


We offer a number of specialist clinics:

  • Consultant clinics.
  • Nurse-led clinics.
  • Joint gynaecological and dermatological vulval clinic.


Across the range of conditions we offer:

  • Diagnosis by colposcopic examination, with biopsy where necessary.
  • Surveillance of pre-cancerous changes to the cells on the cervix and vulva.
  • Treatment to the cervix and vulva (excision or laser under local anaesthetic).

Key Staff:



Our nursing team is managed by:

  • Sister Sue Moffatt (Out-patient services co-ordinator)


We have a team of Nurse Colposcopists, each responsible for their own patients, who will offer the support you need to understand your condition and any treatment you may require.

All Colposcopists are accredited (BSCCP) and are regularly audited to ensure standards are met.


Nurse Colposcopists:

  • Sister Jo Wood
  • Sister Donna Roberts


Assistant Practitioner:

  • Donna Stone


How can I access this service?

Referrals can be made via your GP for vulval conditions.  If you have an abnormal smear the laboratory will directly refer you to the service.



The Colposcopy Department is located in the main Gynaecology Out-patient Department on the ground floor of Saint Mary's Hospital.

Clinic times:

Monday - Friday, 9.00 am - 5.00 pm


Contact details:

To cancel/change appointments: (0161) 276 6365 (8.30 am - 3.00 pm)

Secretaries: (0161) 701 6922 (8.30 am - 3.00 pm)

Nurse Colposcopists: (0161) 276 5485 (8.00 am - 5.00 pm)


Information leaflets

We have a number of patient information leaflets containing information about conditions, treatments and what to expect during your stay.

Please click the titles below to view the leaflet:


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