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Colposcopy clinics - John Fairbank (Ascot, Windsor, Maidenhead)

Introduction
Colposcopy involves a careful examination of the cervix (neck of the womb) through a magnifying telescope called a colposcope. It is possible to determine whether the cervix is healthy and treat it if necessary to remove areas of fragile skin or so-called pre-cancerous skin that could cause problems later. It is usually carried out in women who have had an abnormal smear. It is possible to carry out this assessment at the time of menstruation and during pregnancy although cervical treatment is not possible during pregnancy.

John Fairbank is a recognised colposcopist accredited with the British Society of Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology (BSCCP). He is available for NHS colposcopy examinations and treatment at Heatherwood Hospital in Ascot and available for Private colposcopy appointments at the Princess Margaret Hospital in Windsor and the Bridge clinic in Maidenhead.

NHS appointments are usually made by direct referral and correspondence from the General Practitioner to the Heatherwood Colposcopy clinic or by direct referral directly from the cervical smear testing laboratory to the clinic from where appointments are sent out automatically. NHS colposcopy clinics can carry out assessments and treatments but are not currently able to screen for ‘high risk’ human papilloma virus or vaccinate against human papilloma virus.

Private appointments can be made via Mr Fairbank’s office in Windsor on 01753 743357 or 01753 860639. It is important that a copy of the smear result is available at the time of the consultation and a referral note from the General Practitioner is helpful. Most private medical insurance companies recognise the clinics referred to above. Self pay ‘package price’ colposcopy appointments and treatments are available but charges include Mr Fairbank, the clinic or hospital, pathology, swabs and in some cases repeat smears and as a result the total costs are about £750 once all costs are included.

‘See-and-treat’
It is sometimes possible to examine the cervix through the colposcope and treat areas of abnormality where necessary at the first appointment. It is important in this situation that there is no possibility of pregnancy and no unprotected intercourse in the cycle in which the treatment is carried out.

Information on colposcopy and abnormal smears
It is very worrying for individuals to hear that they have an abnormal smear but important for them to realise there is very little chance that they have cervical cancer. The inflammatory changes and pre-cancerous abnormalities are easy to treat. There is plenty of accurate and reliable information available on these matters and the BSCCP web site is up to date and informative.

The private colposcopy clinics referred to above can also help with the following services:

  1. Assessment of abnormal smears and cervical ‘erosions’

  2. Treatment of pre-cancerous lesions on the cervix

  3. Treatment under General anaesthetic

  4. Follow up cytology after treatment

  5. Counselling and administration for Human Papilloma Virus Vaccination

  6. Assessment of cervix following cervical treatment for pregnancy related concerns.

 

Information on colposcopy and abnormal smears
It is very worrying for individuals to hear that they have an abnormal smear but important for them to realise there is very little chance that they have cervical cancer. The inflammatory changes and pre-cancerous abnormalities are easy to treat. There is plenty of accurate and reliable information available on these matters and the BSCCP web site is up to date and informative. http://www.bsccp.org.uk/index.asp?PageID=29