What Happens After My Gynaecology Tests?

  • Reference Number: HEY-950/2017
  • Departments: Gynaecology

What happens next?

You have been seen in the Gynaecology Service for tests. These tests may have included:

  • Blood tests
  • Scan
  • An examination of inside of the vagina, neck of womb (cervix) or womb.
  • Sample taken from inside the womb

The doctor will review the result of your test(s) once they have been processed.  If your results are reassuring (no suspicion of cancer) the doctor will write to you and your GP with the results.  You may not need to be seen again in the clinic at that stage. If your symptoms continue, we do advise you to see your GP again, who can refer you back to our service.

If your results show any suspicion of cancer or confirm a cancer diagnosis, you will be contacted via letter and will receive an appointment to attend a Gynaecology Cancer Clinic.  You will be seen by one of the Gynaecology Cancer Consultants and/or the Nurse Specialist.

Should you require further advice on the issues contained in this leaflet, please do not hesitate to contact the: Gynaecology Outpatients (01482) 607829 – Women and Children’s Hospital, Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm.

General Advice and Consent

Most of your questions should have been answered by this leaflet, but remember that this is only a starting point for discussion with the healthcare team.

Consent to treatment

Before any doctor, nurse or therapist examines or treats you, they must seek your consent or permission. In order to make a decision, you need to have information from health professionals about the treatment or investigation which is being offered to you. You should always ask them more questions if you do not understand or if you want more information.

The information you receive should be about your condition, the alternatives available to you, and whether it carries risks as well as the benefits. What is important is that your consent is genuine or valid. That means:

  • you must be able to give your consent
  • you must be given enough information to enable you to make a decision
  • you must be acting under your own free will and not under the strong influence of another person

Information about you

We collect and use your information to provide you with care and treatment. As part of your care, information about you will be shared between members of a healthcare team, some of whom you may not meet. Your information may also be used to help train staff, to check the quality of our care, to manage and plan the health service, and to help with research. Wherever possible we use anonymous data.

We may pass on relevant information to other health organisations that provide you with care. All information is treated as strictly confidential and is not given to anyone who does not need it. If you have any concerns please ask your doctor, or the person caring for you.

Under the General Data Protection Regulation and the Data Protection Act 2018 we are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of any information we hold about you. For further information visit the following page: Confidential Information about You.

If you or your carer needs information about your health and wellbeing and about your care and treatment in a different format, such as large print, braille or audio, due to disability, impairment or sensory loss, please advise a member of staff and this can be arranged.