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The information in this section is aimed at primary care staff, colposcopists, nurse colposcopists and colposcopy nurses. It may also be useful for other clinical or non-clinical professionals.
After cervical screening, women and people with a cervix may be invited to colposcopy to investigate cervical cell changes further. Both the experience and result can cause a mixture of emotions for the patient – from relief that a possible issue is being looked into; to anxiety about what will happen at the appointment; to fear that cell changes will develop into cervical cancer.
It is incredibly important that the healthcare professionals patients interact with during this time – from the primary care staff they may call for reassurance about the referral, through to the colposcopy team they will meet at the hospital – are able to offer explanation and reassurance.