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Colposcopy is an investigation to examine the vagina and the cervix. It is normally undertaken on women with abnormal smear results. The procedure uses a colposcope - which is a special magnifying instrument - to examine the cervix and vagina more closely.

After a colposcopy, you may have dark vaginal discharge for up to three days, and some bleeding for up to a week. Your vagina may be sore and you may experience mild cramping. If no biopsy was taken, you may resume normal activity right away.

Colposcopy Clinics are held at:

Colposcopy Unit    
1st Floor, Bishop Auckland General Hospital
Monday 2-5pm Wednesday 2-5pm and Thursday 2-5pm

Colposcopy unit
Women's Centre, Darlington Memorial Hospital
Monday  8am-12md Wednesday 9am-12md & 2pm - 7pm

Colposcopy Unit    
1st Floor      
Chester-le-Street Community Hospital
Monday 9am-12md Tuesday 9am-12md and Wednesday 1:30 -5pm

Colposcopy Unit
1st Floor
Shotley Bridge Community Hospital
Monday 2-5pm Wednesday 8:30 -12:30 & 2-5pm


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'As I was very, very nervous, I must have been the worst patient ever and they were brilliant with me and I can't thank them enough - could you please pass on my sincere thanks.'

Patient, Hysteroscopy Unit, Chester-le-Street Community Hospital