Our laboratory investigations are able to take cervical smears which help to prevent cancer by detecting early abnormalities which, if left untreated, could develop into cancer later in a woman’s life. The first stage in cervical screening is taking a sample using liquid based cytology (LBC). Our laboratory first test samples for the presence of High Risk Human Papilloma Virus (HR- HPV). Negative test result for the HPV is reassuring and women are advised to continue with routine smear tests in the future. In women who test positive for HPV the samples are also examined for the presence of microscopic cellular changes. This helps to determine whether women need to be referred for further evaluation or treatment.
We can also perform infection screens such as testing for Chlamydia and other genital tract infections.
We offer a full range of blood tests, such as hormone profiles, depending on clinical indications. We can also offer comprehensive testing to women and their partners who experience recurrent early miscarriages or have difficulties becoming pregnant.
All our samples are analysed in The Doctors Laboratory (TDL), which is the largest independent provider of clinical laboratory diagnostic service in the UK.