The Colposcopy clinic provides screening, diagnosis, treatment options and education for women who have received abnormal Pap Test results as well as other related conditions.
Kingston General Hospital site
Dietary Level 1
Registration: Dietary Level 1
Some appointments take place in the Armstrong wing on level 5. Please check the location section of your appointment notice.
You can call the clinic nursing office at 613-548-6073, or email @email
To confirm, cancel or reschedule an appointment please call 613-549-6666 extension 4909.
Hours of operation
Clinic nursing office:
- Monday 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.
- Tuesday 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.
- Friday 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.
- Wednesday 8:30 a.m. -4:30 p.m.
- Thursday 8:30 a.m. -4:30 p.m.
- Friday 8:30-12
Patients require a referral from their family doctor or another health care professional.
- Pap smears
- Endocervical curettage
- Cervical biopsy
- For 24 hours before your appointment do not have sexual intercourse use tampon, or douche. These may affect the results of the test.
Please make sure you have someone who can drive you home after your treatment. This is for your own safety and is a strict hospital policy. We cannot treat someone who is planning to drive themselves home from their appointment.
Be sure to eat a normal breakfast or lunch on the day of your treatment.
You can take acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) before the treatment as you may have some cramping during the procedure.
If you have your period and it is heavy (first two days), please call and see if you need to re-book your appointment.
- Please remember to bring:
- your appointment slip which includes the time and date of your appointment.
- your health (OHIP) card
- a complete, current list of your medications provided to you by your pharmacist
- If you require wheelchair assistance from a porter to get to your appointment, please arrive 15 minutes early.
What to expect
The exam itself will be similar to a Pap Test. An instrument called a ‘speculum’ will be used so that the doctor can look at the surfaces of the vulva, vagina and cervix.
The colposcopy usually takes about 5 to 10 minutes to complete.
During the exam the doctor will put a vinegar or iodine solution on your cervix. This will help them see any areas that contain abnormal cells. It is common for the vinegar solution to cause a mild burning sensation, but you should still tell the nurse or doctor if it is uncomfortable.
While the doctor does the exam, they will explain what they are doing/seeing so you understand what is happening at all times. They will also tell you if any further tests may need to be done. After the exam you will be given a chance to ask any questions you may have. In most cases, the doctor will also be able to give you a preliminary opinion on what they see.
- KHSC is a teaching hospital, there may be student nurses or doctors who are involved in your care.