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If you are visiting the hospital for an outpatient appointment, this page provides details of what to expect. Please note that your appointment letter will indicate which department to come to.

Women’s outpatients

Our women’s outpatient department is located on the second floor of the outpatient annexe and is open between 9.00am-5.00pm, Monday to Friday excluding bank holidays. 

The surgical gynaecological cancer clinics are held within our department and these are led by a team of consultant gynaecological cancer surgeons and Senior Sister Deborah Butcher.  The clinics are held on a Monday afternoon, Wednesday morning and Friday morning. 

During your appointment you will be seen by the consultant, senior registrar or senior house officer.  We also run additional specialist clinics including colposcopy, hormone replacement therapy and infertility.


Medical oncology

Medical oncology clinic are located in The West Wing of the Breast Care Centre. Our medical oncology clinics are held on the first floor of this department on a Thursday afternoon and are led by a team of consultants, specialist registrars and senior house officers. The clinic cares for women who have received or require chemotherapy to treat their gynaecological cancer. Click here for further information about medical oncology.


Clinical oncology

Clinical oncology is located in the medical outpatient department, on the first floor of the Outpatient Annexe.  The clinical oncology clinics are held within this department on a Thursday afternoon and are led by a consultant and team of doctors.  The clinic cares for women who have received or require radiotherapy and/or chemotherapy to treat their Gynaecological Cancer. Click here for further information about Clinical Oncology.


What to expect during your appointment

When you arrive in the department, please report to the reception area where a member of staff will confirm your details and ask you to take a seat in the waiting area.

The clinic nurses or member of team will let you know when the doctor is ready to see you. The outpatient clinic is often busy and we try our best to see patients within thirty minutes of appointment time. The receptionist and nurses are able to keep you informed of any delay to your appointment time.

During your appointment you are likely to be seen by a variety of members of the team including doctors, specialist nurses and clinic nurses. Our hospitals are involved in teaching both medical and nursing students and therefore students may be present during your clinic appointment. You will be introduced to all staff involved in your care and we will ask your permission for students to be present.

During your consultation with the doctor you may require an internal examination.  If this is requested a nurse chaperone will be present with you throughout the examination and you can request a female doctor if preferred. Please visit Barts and The London's main website for more deatils about what to expect at your appointments.


Pre-admission service

If you are coming into hospital for an operation it is important for you to attend a pre-admission appointment. 

The pre-admission clinics are held on a Monday and Tuesday morning and enables a full assessment of your medical and social history and gives you the opportunity to ask questions regarding your planned procedure. 

Please keep the morning of your pre-admission appointment free as you will normally be required to undertake various pre-operative investigations following your appointment. 

For further information regarding your pre-admission appointment please contact Deborah Butcher, Senior Sister Women’s Outpatients on 0207 601 7843.


Useful contact numbers

If you need to change or cancel your appointment please call the Central Appointments Office on 020 7601 8099 or email appointments@bartsandthelondon.nhs.uk.

For further information regarding your appointment please call the clinics directly on the following numbers:

Women’s Outpatients - tel: 020 7601 7852 (reception) or 0207 601 7851 (nurses station).

Medical Outpatients - tel: 020 7601 7408

Surgical Outpatients - tel: 020 7601 7414


Colposcopy

Colposcopy clinics are held daily in the women’s outpatient department, second floor, main outpatient building at St. Bartholomew’s Hospital. Women are seen in this clinic when they have been referred by their GP or hospital doctor with an abnormal cervical smear result or are experiencing bleeding after intercourse. 

You will be seen and assessed by a Consultant Gynaecologist or our Nurse Colposcopist, Anna Parberry.  A nurse colposcopist is a nurse who has completed specialist training in colposcopy and has the skill to carry out a colposcopy examination and biopsy, if needed.  

A colposcopy is a simple examination that allows the doctor or nurse to see the type and area of abnormality on your cervix. It also lets them decide if treatment is required.

For further information about having a colposcopy, please contact Anna Parberry, Nurse Colposcopist on 020 7601 8331.

For further information on abnormal smear results and Colposcopy please visit the following web sites:

NHS Cancer Screening Programmes - www.cancerscreening.nhs.uk        

The British Society for Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology - www.bsccp.org.uk