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Making a colposcopy referral

If a person needs to attend colposcopy, we will recommend the colposcopy service that you should refer them to.

We will recommend the service:

  • nearest to your clinic or practice
  • where they will receive the quickest available appointment

There are 15 colposcopy clinics in Ireland that CervicalCheck use. All are in hospital out-patient departments.

If you want to change the colposcopy service you refer them to, you can complete the Colposcopy Referral Form and send it to the chosen clinic.

If you are referring the person to a private colposcopy service, please be aware that this is not managed by CervicalCheck and we will not have visibility of the referral.

Referral to colposcopy

When referring a person to colposcopy, you should:

  • explain why they need to attend colposcopy
  • complete and post the colposcopy referral form (PDF, 1 page, 308KB) to the chosen service
  • document clinical findings
  • include the cytology report if the referral follows an abnormal cytology result

Nearest service

We will assign your practice or clinic to one of the 15 colposcopy services we use based on:

  • waiting times at colposcopy clinics
  • geographical proximity to your service
  • your history of referring patients to a particular service

We will also assign you to a secondary colposcopy service. This is in case your primary colposcopy service has difficulties providing appointments.

Next available appointment

We track waiting times at all colposcopy services we use.

If there are delays in one service, we will redirect appointments to another service. This will be until waiting times fall to within the target we set.

We will only recommend a service that meets waiting time standards.

Referral to colposcopy is a key part of the quality assurance of the screening programme.

For more information on this see our Guidelines for Quality Assurance in Cervical Screening.

Colposcopy algorithms and programme publications

Multidisciplinary Team Meeting (MDT) Guide

Guidance for Management of Did not Attend (DNA)

Colposcopy Algorithm 1 Management of people with HR-HPV positive & normal or low grade abnormal cytology

Colposcopy Algorithm 2 Management of people with HR-HPV positive and high grade abnormal cytology or any glandular abnormality (including Atypical Glandular Cells)

Colposcopy Algorithm 3 Colposcopy Management of people for Test of Cure following treatment of CIN

Colposcopy Algorithm 4 Colposcopy Management of people for Test of Cure following complete excision of CGIN/SMILE

Colposcopy Algorithm 5 Conservative Management of histologically confirmed CIN 2

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Is cuid den Rannóg Sláinte agus Folláine i bhFeidhmeannacht na Seirbhíse Sláinte í an tSeirbhís Náisiúnta Scagthástála. Cuimsíonn sí BreastCheck – An Clár Náisiúnta Scagthástála Cíoch, CervicalCheck – An Clár Náisiúnta Scagthástála Ceirbheacs, BowelScreen – An Clár Náisiúnta Scagthástála Putóige agus Diabetic RetinaScreen – An Clár Náisiúnta Scagthástála Reitiní do Dhiaibéitigh.

The National Screening Service is part of the Health and Wellbeing Division of the Health Service Executive. It encompasses BreastCheck – The National Breast Screening Programme, CervicalCheck – The National Cervical Screening Programme, BowelScreen – The National Bowel Screening Programme and Diabetic RetinaScreen – The National Diabetic Retinal Screening Programme.