Directions: from the main North Wing entrance, turn right at main reception and then left towards North Wing. Take the lift to the 8th floor and follow signs to the Early Pregnancy and Gynaecology Unit.
This is a nurse-led, specialist unit for women who need emergency care for GP referral of an acute gynaecological problem (problems related to the female reproductive system) or self referral of women having a problem in early pregnancy (up to 18 weeks into), such as pain, bleeding or severe vomiting.
Monday to Friday: 8.30am-6.30pm
Weekends and bank holidays: 9.30am-3.15pm
Ultrasound scanning is available from 9am to 4.30pm on weekdays on an appointment basis. Scanning may be available outside these hours and at weekends, but cannot be guaranteed.
Who can come to the unit
We accept self referrals and provide a walk-in service for patients with early pregnancy less than 18 weeks, so you do not need an appointment.
You can also be referred by your GP or the accident and emergency (A&E) department.
GPs wishing to refer a patient with an acute gynaecological problem should see the gynaecology referrals page.
All referrals outside of the unit's opening hours should be directed to the accident and emergency department.
Before coming to the unit
It is often a good idea to have the support of a partner, close friend or relative. However, we have limited space in our waiting area, so please only bring one person with you.
If you need to bring your children with you, please try to contact a relative or friend as soon as possible to come and take care of them for you. You may not be feeling well and need help to look after them.
At the unit
We aim to see you within four hours of arriving on the unit.
You will be asked to give a urine sample and your blood pressure and temperature will be checked. Our nurse co-ordinator will ask you some questions and make sure you are in the right department for your needs. You will then need to wait to be seen by one of our specialist gynaecology nurses. Please do not eat or drink until the nurse has seen you. If you cannot wait, please check with the nurse co-ordinator first.
The specialist nurse will ask you about your problem and perform any necessary examinations or tests, e.g. a vaginal examination and/or blood tests. The nurse might refer you to another member of staff or for tests or:
- decide you are able to safely go home
- arrange a follow-up appointment at the unit
- ask you to phone the unit at a certain time for your test results
- explain why you need to stay in hospital.
Unless you ask us not to, we will send your GP information about the care we have given you.
When you go home
If you feel unwell when you go home you can call the unit and speak to a nurse. If we are closed, you can go to A&E. Please tell the staff that you have been seen in our unit so they can contact us for more information about your medical history.
If you have had any tests, we will tell you when you can expect the results. You will need to call us between 5.30pm and 6.30pm, Monday to Friday, or between 2pm and 3pm on Saturday and Sunday. It is important to call us to prevent a delay in your treatment.
After your first visit you may be given a follow-up appointment. If so, please come at the time given to you, so you do not miss your allocated slot. We will try to see you at your appointment time, although we cannot predict how many emergencies we will have and delays can sometimes occur.
You need to come to this appointment, even if your symptoms have gone. To discuss any change in your condition or circumstances, please contact the unit and speak to a nurse. If the nurse you have seen is not there, another nurse will be able to help you.
If you need an interpreter
If you would like an interpreter or signer at your follow-up appointment, please let us know or contact our language support service on 020 7188 8815. In an emergency we can arrange an interpreter to be available in person or over the phone.
- consultant gynaecologist / lead clinician - Miss Jude Hamilton
- matron - Rose Haldane
- unit manager - Anca Tambrescu
- nurse practitioner - Myra Colendres.