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Cardiff and Vale Hospitals

Cardiff Bay Hospital, Dunleavey Drive, Cardiff, CF11 0SN

The Vale Hospital, Hensol Castle Park, Vale of Glamorgan, CF72 8JX

02920 836700

Why choose Nuffield Health Cardiff Bay Hospital for your colposcopy examination?

At Nuffield Health Cardiff Bay and The Vale Hospitals, our expert women's health consultants can provide you with rapid access to a colposcopy examination. If you have had abnormal results from a smear test, experience pain in the genital area or encounter abnormal bleeding, you may want to investigate your concerns further or get the medical reassurance from an experienced gynaecologist in Cardiff.

Choosing to go private at Nuffield Health Cardiff bay or Vale Hospital ensures that you will have access to our state-of-the-art hospital facilities where you can rest assured that you are in the best possible medical hands. 

How to book a private consultation at Nuffield Health Cardiff & Vale Hospitals

If you are looking to get a colposcopy examination and want to discuss your treatment options with one of our gynaecology consultants in either Cardiff or Vale, you will need to book a private consultation via our dedicated enquiry team on 02920 003278.

Our 2 hospital locations in South Wales allow you to shape your own women's health treatment

Colposcopies are predominately performed at our Cardiff Bay Hospital, however patients have the flexibility to decide where their initial consultation and treatment takes place.

As well as the Cardiff Bay Hospital, our gynaecology consultants operate out of Nuffield Health, The Vale Hospital for initial consultations, diagnostic investigations and other women's health procedures.

Subsequently, you can choose which of our two locations you want to undertake your colposcopy and post-treatment aftercare with.

What is a colposcopy?

A colposcopy is an examination of vaginal and cervical tissues using a colposcope. A colposcope is a type of microscope used to magnify the surface of the cervix 10 to 40 times its normal size.

A colposcopy can also be recommended to investigate:

  • Abnormal appearance of the cervix
  • Abnormal bleeding
  • Pain in the genital area
  • Inflammation of the cervix
  • Benign (non-cancerous) growths
  • Genital warts

What happens during a colposcopy in South Wales?

A colposcopy takes 10-20 minutes. The first part of a colposcopy is very similar to having a cervical smear. A speculum will be used to gently hold your vagina open. The colposcope does not go inside your vagina - it simply magnifies the area so your consultant can closely examine your cervix.

Your consultant may use some liquids to help highlight any abnormal areas of your cervix. They may also take a sample of the cells around your cervix for laboratory evaluation.

Going home after your colposcopy at The Vale or Cardiff Bay Hospital

You should be able to go home right after having your colposcopy. You may experience slight bleeding or discharge for the first few days after this procedure. If you experience any heavy bleeding, cramping or fever be sure and contact your GP.

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