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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 use the amend colposcopy referral facility. Discuss this with the person first.

We will be notified of the change.

If you are referring the person to a private colposcopy service, you can also use this facility to inform us.

You will also need to complete a Colposcopy Referral Form (PDF, 1 page, 308KB) and send it to the chosen colposcopy clinic.

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:

  • which service is nearest your practice or clinic
  • 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 algorithims

* You will need login details for National Screening Services Resources website to access these documents *

Colposcopy Algorithm 1 HR-HPV positive & normal or low grade abnormal cytologyFile

Colposcopy Algorithm 2 HR-HPV positive and high grade abnormal cytology or any glandular abnormality

Colposcopy Management of people for Test of Cure following treatment of CINFile

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

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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.