Gynaecology Rapid Access Clinic
Fast access to expert care and diagnostics for a range of different gynaecological conditions.
At Cromwell Hospital, our Gynaecology Rapid Access Clinic enables you to see a consultant gynaecologist and access any diagnostics you need, in the shortest time possible.
The rapid nature of the clinic is specifically designed to give you peace of mind and, if needed, fast access to onward support or treatment.
In many cases, we can offer next day appointments with leading specialist consultants. Any tests can also often be carried out on the same day, within our specialist women’s health centre adjacent to Cromwell Hospital - the 'Well Woman Centre' - with test results coming back in as little as 2-5 working days.
When should you make an appointment with us?
At the Gynaecology Rapid Access Clinic, we provide fast and efficient investigations for a range of different gynaecological symptoms and conditions including:
- A cervical smear abnormality
- Abnormal bleeding, such as heavy or irregular periods, bleeding between periods, bleeding after sex, bleeding with hormone replacement therapy (HRT) or post menopausal bleeding
- A clinical abnormality of your cervix, vulva or vagina
- Pelvic pain including period and premenstrual pains
- Feeling constantly bloated or discomfort in your tummy area
If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms or have received an abnormal smear result, you may self-refer to the clinic, or be referred by your GP.
What tests might I receive at the Gynaecology Rapid Access Clinic?
Depending on your symptoms and reason for referral, you may receive some of the following diagnostics:
- Initial consultation and smear test – this is with your Consultant Gynaecologist and may include an internal examination, as well as a cervical smear
- Ultrasound scan – this investigation is used to provide images of the uterus and the ovaries and may be carried out on the abdomen or using a vaginal probe
- Colposcopy – this test is usually offered if you’ve received an abnormal result from a smear test. It enables the consultant gynaecologist to take a much more detailed look at your cervix (the lower part of your womb); they may also take a small sample of tissue, known as a biopsy
- Endometrial biopsy – this involves removing a sample of the lining of the womb
- Cervical biopsy – this involves taking the tissue from the cervix for analysis
- Vulval biopsy – whereby your consultant will remove a small piece of tissue from the vulval area for analysis
What happens next?
Your tests will be analysed at our on-site laboratory for fast results. You will then have a follow-up consultation with your consultant gynaecologist to discuss your test results.
As part of this consultation, they may provide you with a diagnosis and discuss possible treatment options, or more commonly, discharge you if no further action is required.
What happens if I’m diagnosed with a gynaecological cancer?
If you receive a diagnosis for a gynaecological cancer, such as cervical, ovarian or womb cancer, you will be supported every step of the way by your consultant and other members of your healthcare team.
Your case will be discussed at a multidisciplinary team meeting. A multidisciplinary team is comprised of a group of experts from different clinical disciplines. They will discuss your test results and personal situation and work together to jointly devise a tailored treatment plan.
Throughout your cancer journey at Cromwell Hospital, you can expect to receive a holistic package of care to help you with the management of the physical, emotional and mental side effects of cancer. This includes support from clinical nurse specialists, oncology counsellors, a cancer exercise specialist, and many more specialist services.
Treatments for gynaecological cancers
Cromwell Hospital has some of the best gynaecology cancer consultants and treatment facilities available. Depending on your diagnosis and needs, the following treatments may be recommended to you:
To find out more about the treatment options for different gynaecological cancers, visit our dedicated webpages for cervical, ovarian and womb cancer. Here you will find further information about these cancer types, their symptoms and how they're diagnosed and the treatment options available at Cromwell Hospital.