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Gynaecology services

 

Coronavirus: gynaecology services update

Due to increased demand on the hospital due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic we are having to make significant changes to our services which may require cancellation of appointments.

Patients

We are attempting to contact all patients with a future scheduled appointment. In some cases we are changing appointments to a telephone consultation or a video appointment. Some appointments may be cancelled without a future date being arranged. If we cancel your appointment you will remain on our waiting list and we will contact you in due course. Some patients may be discharged back to their GP and we will write to you if this is the case.

If you have not heard from us within three days of your scheduled appointment please email gst-tr.gynaecologyoutpatients@nhs.net. If you are unable to use email or your query is urgent, please call 020 7188 3584. Our phone lines are very busy and there may be a wait for your call to be answered.

Existing patients

If you are an existing patient who has previously been seen in our service and need advice from the clinical team please see below for the appropriate option.

Email:

Telephone 020 7188 3584:

  • If you need to discuss any appointment queries

  • If you don't have access to email or our website

See our frequently asked questions for further information. If your query is not covered, please either email or call us as appropriate.

The Eve Appeal

This is a particularly difficult time to be living with a gynaecological cancer, or to be experiencing any worrying symptoms. Decisions are being made across the NHS which impact cancer care, screening programmes and GP appointments, and women and their families are understandably worried and confused. We have seen a big spike in calls to our nurse-led gynaecological information service, Ask Eve, with coronavirus related questions.

We have developed a cancer and coronavirus information hub, the Eve Appeal website, so that people can access up to date and accurate information on gynaecological cancer pathways, from first investigation of symptoms through to follow up post-treatment, as well as information on the national cervical screening programme.  

We will be continually reviewing this information and making any updates as they are announced. We are working on further information around gynaecological cancers and coronavirus.

Our nurse-led information service, Ask Eve, is here to answer any questions relating to gynaecological health, and is completely free and confidential. You can contact Ask Eve by emailing nurse@eveappeal.org.uk or calling 080 8802 0019.

GPs

We are doing everything we can to support GPs and your patients during the COVID-19 pandemic. Therefore, prior to any referral, we strongly advise that GPs to seek advice and guidance via e-RS or Consultant Connect (if it is available in your area). Please note that all of our services available on e-RS are set up for advice requests.

This will enable the clinical team to review your request and provide an interim treatment plan for ongoing management of a patient. They can also advise/provide clarification regarding a patients test results.

The GP can attach documents to the e-RS advice request, which may include diagnostic results, scanned images (eg ECGs). Providers can also respond with attachments.

Referrals

If you feel that a referral is absolutely necessary, please refer via e-RS and use the 'defer to provider' functionality for urgent/two-week wait (2ww) referrals. Please attach the referral letter at the point of referral or within 24 hours. For 2ww referrals, please ensure that the patient meets the criteria ahead of referring. Please do not refer urgent patients under 2ww as this will overwhelm the service.

The Trust will vet the referral and either book into a virtual appointment or add the patient to the waiting list if they need a face to face appointment. In some cases the referral may be returned (rejected) back to you with advice.

Please do not defer to provider routine referrals. Send the appointment request to the patient so they can do this when they are ready to book.

Please consider this before making any referral as our capacity to see new patients is very limited.

For any training issues or technical assistance with e-RS and smartcards, please contact your local commissioning support unit (CSU) or registration authority helpdesk.

Consultant Connect

For south-east London GPs, your Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has commissioned the Consultant Connect service so you can also use this to seek advice. We are in the process of expanding our Consultant Connect lines – they will be available Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm and the communication will come via your local CCG bulletins. Please share this information within your practice.

Coronavirus

Please visit the main Trust coronavirus (COVID-19) page for more information.

Contacts

Tel: 0207 188 3584

Email: gst-tr.gynaecology
outpatients@nhs.net