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Health / Health board ‘really pleased’ to offer new clinic for women

CLINICS are now being held in Shetland with a specialist colposcopy nurse from Aberdeen which will potentially reduce the number of patients having to travel south.

The clinic has been running since October and NHS Shetland director of nursing and acute services Kathleen Carolan said it has been running smoothly so far.

The visiting nurse is using ZedScan, a diagnostic device that improves the detection and diagnosis of cervical cancer.

Colposcopic examinations are usually carried out if abnormalities are found in women’s smear tests.

“We are really pleased to be able to offer colposcopy at the Gilbert Bain Hospital which is part of the work we are undertaking to offer as many services as possible in Shetland,” Carolan said.

“The clinics are held monthly by a visiting nurse specialist from NHS Grampian, who can see up to 10 women in each clinic.

“This means that some patients who previously had to travel to Aberdeen for cervical screening can now be seen in Shetland, without introducing any treatment delays.

“The clinic has been running smoothly since October 2019 and we intend to ask patients for feedback about their experiences so we can refine how the clinic operates if needed.”