Outpatient hysteroscopy clinic

Hysteroscopy involves inserting a thin telescope into the womb through the vagina. This can be done without an anaesthetic as an especially thin telescope is used, which causes minimal discomfort and is usually well-tolerated.

Services available

  • diagnosis and management of women with heavy or irregular periods
  • diagnosis and management of women found or suspected to have womb polyps or thickened lining, fibroids or scar tissue within the womb cavity
  • taking samples or biopsies from the womb lining
  • treatment of polyps (womb growths) and scar tissue (adhesions)
  • insertion of Mirena coil for treatment of heavy periods
  • investigation of fertility problems or recurrent miscarriage.

Making an appointment
Patients are referred to the outpatient hysteroscopy clinic either from women’s outpatients, the fertility unit or from the acute gynaecology unit. The clinic is based in Women’s Health Services, in Tuke Ward on the first floor of the East Wing Building.

Patient access is from the front of the East Wing Building. The service is provided by a consultant gynaecologist and dedicated nursing staff.

What to expect
Patients are usually seen within six weeks of referral. We advise patients to take simple pain-killers, such as paracetamol or Ibuprofen, just before the procedure in order to prevent excessive discomfort.

The procedure itself takes only a few minutes. If some treatment is required, this can usually be done at the same time. Most women experience a little bleeding and period-like cramps following the procedure.

We advise that patients should have someone to pick them up following the appointment where possible.

Occasionally, the entrance into the womb is too tight even to allow the passage of the tiny telescope, and these women require hysteroscopy under an anaesthetic, which can be booked at the same visit.

How to contact us
Outpatient hysteroscopy clinic 
tel: 020 8510 7636

Key staff

Mr Eric Nyarko
Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist.

Miss Sandra Watson
Lead Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist.

Miss Amelia Davison
Consultant Obstetrician & Gynaecologist.

Miss Marina Fernando
Consultant Obstetrician & Gynaecologist.

Veronica Temile
Nurse Hysteroscopist.

Patience Sabau
Clinical Nurse Specialist