This page gives you more information about our colposcopy service in Newcastle.

A colposcopy is a procedure to examine the neck of the womb (or the cervix) with a magnifying instrument called a colposcoscope.

A colposcopy is usually carried out when abnormalities are found in cervical cells following a smear test (also called a cervical screening test).

From left to right - Dr Russell, Elaine Knox, Sister Goodfellow, NP Jill Fozzard

Colposcopy Team

Dr Michelle RussellLead colposcopist, Consultant Gynaecologist

  • Lead colposcopist, Consultant Gynaecologist
  • Tel: 0191 292 5861
  • GMC Code: 6064722
  • Qualifications: MBChB (University of Witwatersrand), MRCOG (London)
  • Special Interests

    Minimal access surgery, Oncology, Colposcopy and Ambulatory Gynaecology.

  • Biography

    I was born in South Africa, graduated in Johannesburg and completed my specialty training in the North of England.

    As a Consultant Gynaecologist at the RVI, I contribute to both benign gynaecological and oncology services. I run general gynaecology clinics but my main areas of interest are: heavy menstrual bleeding; endometriosis; and rapid access clinics (for suspected cancer).

    I am a member of the British Society of Gynaecological Endoscopy (BSGE), The British Society for Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology (BSCCP), and The British Menopause Society (BMS). I am currently the lead clinician for termination of pregnancy.

  • Directorate

    Women’s Services

  • Hospital Base


  • Clinics Provided

    Rapid Access, General Gynaecology, Colposcopy, Heavy Menstrual Bleeding, Hysteroscopy and Endometrial Ablation.

  • Female silhouette 

Sister Jilly GoodfellowNurse Practitioner for Colposcopy and Sister of the Women’s Health Unit

Jill FozzardNurse Practitioner for Colposcopy

Mrs Susan TweedyObstetrician and Colposcopist

Elaine Knox Colposcopy Secretary

What happens during the appointment?

When you first arrive at the clinic, we will:

  • check your personal details and medical history   
  • explain why you have been asked to attend the clinic  
  • explain what will happen during the procedure.

You will then be taken to an examination room where the colposcopy will be carried out. 

Expert team

The Colpscopy Team is part of the Newcastle Hospitals Women’s Health Unit, and our team includes a range of experts.

You will be seen by either an accredited colposcopist or a trainee who is undergoing British Society for Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology recognised training.

Find out about the members of the team.

Cancelling your appointment

If you can’t attend your appointment it is important that you re-arrange it so the appointment slot can be offered to another patient.

To alter your appointment, please call:

  • 0191 282 0370

You can find out more about the importance of keeping your appointment

More information

Contact us

The Colpscopy Team is based on level two in the New Victoria Wing of the RVI Hospital in Newcastle.

For more details about our services, please contact:

  • Sister Jilly Goodfellow, Nurse Practitioner for Colposcopy and Sister in charge of the Women's Health Unit:
  • The clinic, Monday to Friday 8.00am – 5.00pm on tel: 0191 282 0140.

Useful links

Information leaflets

You might find our information leaflets about the clinic and your treatment useful:

Patient satisfaction

The 2017 Patient Satisfaction Survey is available to read online now:


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