This service comprises medical interventions to ensure that medical needs specifically related to women are met, as women play a vital role in ensuring family stability and ensuring that their children and other children left in their care as an aftermath of the HIV epidemic achieve their maximum potential.
- Family planning services are available Monday to Friday.
- Breast examinations: All women are educated and encouraged to do monthly self-examinations. We refer patients requiring mammograms to tertiary institutions.
- Pap smears, colposcopy and LLETZ: Adult female patients at Witkoppen Clinic are encourage to have pap smears and, if abnormal cells are found, are followed up with a colposcopy (a procedure during which the surface of the cervix is closely examined using a magnifying instrument called a colposcope so that a more specific sample can be sent to the laboratory for investigation to check the cervix for abnormalities). If necessary, a large loop excision of the transformation zone (LLETZ procedure) will be performed, which is the most common treatment for abnormal cervical cells. Dr Mapula Tshikota has a special interest and passion for ensuring that cancer of the cervix becomes a preventable disease through an effective screening programme. Pap smears are done daily, and colposcopy and LLETZ procedures on Tuesdays and Thursdays.