Referral to Colposcopy (England)

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Updated Quality standards relating to referral to colposcopy

  • A woman should be referred for colposcopy after three consecutive inadequate samples. Within six weeks of referral 99% of women must be seen.
  • A woman should be referred for colposcopy after one test is reported as borderline change (of either type) and HPV positive. Within six weeks of referral 99% of women must be seen.
  • A woman should be referred for colposcopy after one test is reported as low-grade dyskaryosis and HPV positive. Within six weeks of referral 99% of women must be seen.
  • A woman should be referred for colposcopy after one test is reported as high-grade dyskaryosis (moderate). No HPV test is necessary. Within two weeks of referral 93% of women must be seen.
  • A woman should be referred for colposcopy after one test is reported as high-grade dyskaryosis (severe). No HPV test is necessary. Within two weeks of referral 93% of women must be seen.
  •  Women should be referred for colposcopy after one test is reported as ?invasive squamous cell carcinoma. No HPV test is necessary. Within two weeks of referral 93% of women must be seen.
  • Women should be referred for colposcopy after one test is reported as ?glandular neoplasia of endocervical type or not specified. No HPV test is necessary. Within two weeks of referral 93% of women must be seen.
  •  Women should be referred for a gynaecological opinion after one test is reported as ?glandular neoplasia of non-endocervical type. No HPV test is necessary. Within two weeks of referral 93% of women must be seen.