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
- 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
- Skin conditions of the vulva (such as lichen sclerosis, lichen
planus, dermatological problems).
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
- Surveillance of pre-cancerous changes to the cells on the
cervix and vulva.
- Treatment to the cervix and vulva (excision or laser under
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.
- Sister Jo Wood
- Sister Donna Roberts
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
Monday - Friday, 9.00 am - 5.00 pm
To cancel/change appointments: (0161) 276 6365 (8.30 am - 3.00
Secretaries: (0161) 701 6922 (8.30 am - 3.00 pm)
Nurse Colposcopists: (0161) 276 5485 (8.00 am - 5.00
We have a number of patient information leaflets containing
information about conditions, treatments and what to expect during
Please click the titles below to view the leaflet: