Coronavirus: colposcopy update
Due to increased demand on the hospital due to the COVID-19 pandemic we are having to make significant changes to our services which may require cancellation of appointments.
We are attempting to contact all patients with a future scheduled appointment.
In some cases we are changing appointments to a telephone consultation, and in certain circumstances, a video appointment. Some appointments may be cancelled without a future date being arranged at this stage. If we cancel your appointment you will remain on our waiting list and we will contact you in due course. Some patients may be discharged back to their GP and we will write to you if this is the case.
If you have not heard from us within three days of your scheduled appointment, please contact us by email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
If you are unable to use email or your query is urgent, please call the following number 020 7188 3691 or the general gynaecology call centre on 020 7188 3584 then select option 1. Our phone lines are very busy and there may be a wait for your call to be answered.
If you are an existing patient who has previously been seen in our service and need advice from the clinical team, please choose the appropriate option.
Contact us by email for any queries regarding your appointment or the contact details we have for you:
Call our nursing team on 020 7188 3678 if you:
- need to urgently discuss your clinical condition
- don't have access to email or our website.
If you leave a message on this number it may be a few days before we are able to respond to your query.
If you are unable to use email or your query is urgent, please call the following number 020 7188 3691 or the general gynaecology call centre on 020 7188 3584 then select option 1.
See our frequently asked questions for further information. If your query is not covered, please either email or call us as appropriate.
We are doing everything we can to support GPs and your patients during the COVID-19 pandemic. If you need advice from our clinical team, please use the current advice and guidance channels including e-RS advice and guidance for written communication or Consultant Connect to speak to senior clinician immediately.
We would encourage you to contact our clinical team through advice and guidance before making any referrals. We are vetting all referrals. We will be contacting urgent patients but we are not currently booking routine patients. There may be a significant delay before seeing your patient, please consider this before making any referral as our capacity to see new patients is very limited.
Please use the following number to contact one of our clinical team:
Our frequently asked questions page has answers to common questions we have received from patients.
Tel: 020 7188 7188
What is colposcopy?
Colposcopy (surgical examination of the vagina and cervix), is a central part of the NHS Cervical Screening Programme. This programme aims to reduce the number of people who develop invasive cervical cancer by detecting and treating early abnormalities.
The unit at Guy’s receives over 2,000 referrals every year, which is the highest number of referrals out of all the clinics in London. If you have an abnormal smear (cervical cytology test) result, you may be referred for a colposcopy examination so that the colposcopist can look at your cervix, identify any potential problem and treat it. About one in 12 smears come back as ‘abnormal’. However, an abnormal or positive smear test very rarely means that you have cancer.
There are 12 clinics during the day and two Tuesday evening clinics a month. Two nurse-led smear clinics also run each week. Nurses are always available to give advice or to discuss any concerns about your examination and/or treatment. We will offer you treatment at your first visit, if appropriate.
Female colposcopists are available, so please let us know if you would prefer to be examined by a female member of staff. A leaflet (PDF 132Kb) that explains the procedure is sent to you with your appointment letter.
If you need advice on the whereabouts of other clinics or advice about emergency contraception, please call NHS 111 hours a day.