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Vulval Clinic

This service cares for women who have conditions affecting the vulval area, where initial treatment has not been successful.

We see women with a range of different conditions which include (but are not limited to):

  • Lichen Sclerosus
  • Lichen Planus
  • Lichen simplex chronicus
  • Rare vulval skin conditions
  • Vulval pain.
What to expect at the vulval clinic

This is a specialist multidisciplinary clinic run by two gynaecologists and a dermatologist. Due to the nature of the conditions, you may also be seen by other specialists from sexual health and oral medicine.

You can expect to undergo a consultation and examination, which will include looking at the vulval skin. You may be asked if we can monitor your condition with photographs, available via our clinical photography service. These would form part of your confidential clinical record and access is limited to clinicians involved in your care.

We may need to perform a vulval biopsy, under local anaesthetic. 

How to access this service

You will be referred by a consultant dermatologist or gynaecologist who will have reviewed you first. In some instances, you may be directly referred by your GP.

If you have previously been seen in this clinic, you can refer yourself back if necessary. This is called a patient initiated referral.

Where will I be seen?

The vulval clinic is located in clinic area K at the New Victoria Hospital.

Clinic times

The clinic is usually held on the first Friday of the month. Both gynaecologists and our dermatologist are available 9am – 1pm. Our gynaecologists are also available 1pm – 5pm.

Additional information and resources

One Stop Hysteroscopy Clinics

Our one-stop hysteroscopy service sees women for a range of different conditions including:

  • Postmenopausal bleeding ( bleeding which happens more than a year after the change of life)
  • Heavy or irregular periods
  • Bleeding after intercourse
  • Lost coil threads/ need a hormone coil inserted.

As well as clinics to investigate these things we also have treatment clinics for:

  • Removal of endometrial (womb) polyps
  • Endometrial ablation (a minor surgical treatment for heavy periods).
What will happen in the clinic?

Before you attend the clinic you will be sent a leaflet explaining what to expect and outlining possible procedures which may be carried out during your visit.

There are currently 2 hospitals that have a ‘One Stop’ clinic, Stobhill Hospital and the Royal Alexandra Hospital (RAH).

On arrival

When you arrive at Stobhill you can either check-in at the self-service points in the entrance hall or go straight to Clinic F to check in there.

When you arrive at the RAH you need to go to the reception in the Maternity Building where you will be directed to Clinic B.

The consultation

Once you have checked in you will be seen by a consultant. They will take your medical history and ask about your symptoms. You will then be shown to your private diagnostic suite. Each suite has a private changing room and separate treatment area. A nurse will help you get ready and explain things to you.

Most women will have a vaginal scan carried out. Some women will have a hysteroscopy examination (tiny telescope used to check the lining of the womb) and some women will have a sample of tissue taken from the lining of the womb (pipelle biopsy). Your consultant will discuss all of these things with you before carrying them out.

After your examination, you can stay in the recovery area for a hot drink or, if you prefer, leave immediately.

You will be given an information leaflet about any tests you have had and also given a card with the telephone number for the service in case you need more advice following your appointment.

Your consultant will write to you and your GP with the results of your investigations and will arrange any further treatment that is needed.

How do I access this service?

You can be referred by your GP or by a hospital consultant.

Where will I be seen?

The clinics are held in Stobhill Ambulatory Care Hospital, Level 2, Clinic F and the Royal Alexandra Hospital, Maternity Building, Ground Floor, Clinic B.

Opening times and contact details

Clinics run: Monday to Friday, 9am – 5pm.

Stobhill Hospital

Charge Nurse Shona Brown: 0141 355 1212

Royal Alexandra Hospital

Senior Charge Nurse Janette Lindsay: 0141 314 9553

Further information