"Surprisingly pleasant colposcopy experience"

About: Birmingham Women's Hospital / Gynaecology

(as the patient),

Earlier this year I had an abnormal smear and was called in for a colposcopy at Birmingham Women's Hospital. I had no idea how common this is at the time, and I was really quite frightened- about what to expect from the procedure and about what might happen to me.

To be honest, I had some difficult experiences at the same hospital a year earlier when having my son, so it wasn't a place I was particularly looking forward to visiting again.

I was sent some information which helped, but I couldn't help having 'what if' thoughts. When I got to the clinic though I was greeted by a really friendly receptionist, and I didn't have long to wait before one of the nurses came to collect me. The team were brilliant, they really put me at ease and were very reassuring about the procedure. I thought it would be awful, but it was really no worse than having a smear- thanks to the team helping me to relax I think. I like the picture of a lovely tropical beach on the ceiling too! It was over before I knew it, and although I had to wait a few weeks for some results, the nurses managed to allay most of my fears on the day.

I went back today, six months later, just to check everything is okay. Again, the receptionist was smiley and welcoming and the team were really great.

I just wanted to share this. It could have been an unpleasant experience, but because of the slick process and great team, I feel really well looked after and reassured.

This is a pretty amazing achievement since I did not have at all happy thoughts about the hospital before hand.

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Response from Birmingham Women's Hospital

Just a note to thank you for your comments about your experience and to let you know that your feedback has been passed onto the team that looked after you. We are always grateful to receive feedback. With best wishes Birmingham Women's Hospital

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