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Northland DHB Colposcopy Service

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What is the Colposcopy Service?
This service provides detailed investigation of abnormalities of the cervix, vagina and vulva.
To view details of the Northland service click here.
For further information about Colposcopy in general:


Referral Expectations

If you have an abnormality in your smear result or are experiencing bleeding that may be coming from your cervix your doctor will refer you to the Colposcopy Clinic.

The type of problem you have will depend on how quickly you will be seen.

At the moment we have clinics in Whangarei, Kawakawa and Kaitaia.

Whangarei has clinics on most Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.

Kawakawa clinics are on alternate Tuesdays.

Kaitaia clinic is once a month on a Thursday.

We try to give appointments at the clinic nearest your home, but if you are happy to travel to Whangarei we can accommodate that as well.

The specialist doctor (colposcopist) and nurses travel to the Kaitaia clinic by plane; this means that we are dependent on good weather to get there. It is a good idea if you have an appointment for the Kaitaia Colposcopy Clinic to phone to check that the clinic is still on for that day.

Northland's Colposcopy service is organised from Whangarei so all the appointments are booked by Linda and Judy. They can be contacted on (09) 430 4101 ext 8601 or email

The nurses are available Monday to Friday.  If you have any questions about abnormal smears or your colposcopy visit, feel free to give them a call. Alison, Joyce and Chris can be contacted on (09) 430 4101 ext 8607.

You will be phoned to make an appointment.
It is difficult to do the examination if you have your period so our booking clerks will ask you when your period is due and work out a date and time that is suitable to you.

Colposcopy is SAFE in pregnancy, but in some circumstances we will organise to see you after the baby is born.

Women with high grade smears (CIN 2, CIN 3, ASC-H) will also be phoned when we receive the referral and an appointment date will be made for within 20 days.

Women with low grade smears (ASCUS, CIN 1) we encourage to wait at least 4 months before we organise an appointment as it is not uncommon for these types of problems to go away on their own.  BUT we still need to see you and check this as some do not.

Procedures / Treatments

  • Abnormal Cervical Smears

    Abnormal cervical smear results are very common and only very rarely mean that a cancer is present.… More

  • Colposcopy

    If you have had an abnormal smear you may be referred to the outpatients department for a colposcopy.… More

  • HPV Vaccination Information

    Is the vaccine safe?
    Yes the vaccine is very safe.… More

Contact Details

Whangarei Hospital


Fax (09) 430 4115 during working hours; (09) 430 4132 after hours

Emergency Department: Open 24 hours / 7 days, Phone (09) 430 4100

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This page was last updated at 10:58AM on May 16, 2017. This information is reviewed and edited by Northland DHB Colposcopy Service.