Coronavirus: Early Pregnancy and Acute Gynaecology Unit (EPAGU) update
Unfortunately we are no longer offering a walk in service. Please continue to read for further information and call us on 020 7188 0864 (option 2) to have a telephone assessment with a nurse.
In response to COVID-19, please be aware of the following:
- wear a face covering when attending the hospital
- attend your appointment alone. We are not allowing partners, visitors or children onto the unit. Please ask your partner to wait downstairs
- if you have been referred by your GP or a termination clinic, please call the unit on 020 7188 0864 first to arrange an appointment and bring your referral letter.
Temporary new location for early pregnancy and acute gynaecology services
From Thursday 29 April 2021, the early pregnancy and acute gynaecology service will temporarily move to the nearby gynaecology ward. Please follow the signs when you arrive on the 8th floor, or ask a member of staff.
Building work is being carried out to improve privacy for women and the changes will include a room for minor same day procedures, and quiet rooms to provide care in a private environment. Artwork will be used throughout.
We expect the service to move back when the work is complete in late autumn 2021.
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 Acute Gynaecology Unit (EPAGU).
This is a nurse-led, specialist unit for women who need emergency care for:
- problems up to 18 weeks of pregnancy such as such as pain, bleeding or excessive vomiting
- non pregnant women with gynaecological problems (problems related to the female reproductive system).
If you have an emergency prior to us opening, please report instead to the Accident and Emergency Department, Ground floor, Lambeth wing, St Thomas' Hospital, open 24 hours a day.
General opening times:
- Monday to Friday: 8.30am-6pm
- weekends and bank holidays: 9.30am-3pm
- closed on Christmas Day
If you require urgent medical assistance when the unit is closed, please go to the emergency department.
Please call us on 020 7188 0864 for clinical advice or to cancel and change your appointment.
The phone line for advice from a member of the nursing team is open 9am-6pm, Monday to Friday and 9.30am-3pm on weekends and bank holidays.
For test results, please call between 3-6pm, Monday to Friday and 1-3pm on weekends and bank holidays.
Who can come to the unit
If you are up to 18 weeks pregnant and experience a pregnancy related problem please call on 020 7188 0864 to discuss your symptoms with a specialist nurse who will give advice and arrange assessment at a pre agreed time, as necessary.
You can make this referral yourself. You do not have to have been seen by a GP or other doctor. You can no longer present directly to EPAGU.
This line will be open:
- Monday to Friday: 9am-6pm
- Weekends and bank holidays: 9.30am-3pm.
If you are concerned about the heaviness of your bleeding or degree of pain, please make your way to your nearest emergency department (A&E).
If you are not pregnant but have a gynaecological problem you will need a referral from your GP or another doctor who has assessed you. They need to call the Guy's and St Thomas' gynaecology registrar on 020 7188 7188, bleep 0480.
Before coming to the unit
National and local guidelines drawn up to protect the wellbeing of patients and staff due to the coronavirus pandemic means we are currently asking you to come to the unit on your own. This may change as the situation develops.
Please do not bring other family members, including children. We realise that this may be a challenge, particularly with schools closed but urge you to make every effort, understanding why we are asking this.
At the unit
You will have phoned ahead and be expected on our electronic diary.
Dependent on your phone discussion with one of our nurses, you may first have an ultrasound scan. Otherwise one of our specialist nurses will be expecting you. If you have a scan first you will be seen by a nurse once this has been done.
We do not offer ultrasound scans on Saturdays. Scans will be booked, based on clinical need, Monday to Friday. You may be asked to provide a urine sample and, if necessary your blood pressure, pulse and temperature will be checked.
- will discuss your problem in detail, may examine you and arrange any necessary blood tests.
- discuss a management plan and answer any questions that you may have.
- may refer you to the on call team of doctors.
- will decide if it is safe for you to go home.
- will explain why you need to stay in hospital if that is what is recommended.
- will arrange a follow up appointment, if necessary.
Unless you ask us not to, we will send your GP, information about the care we have given you.
After your first visit you may be given a follow-up appointment. If so, please come at the time given to you. This is so that you do not miss your allocated slot. We will do our best to see you at your appointment time, however delays can sometimes occur.
If your symptoms have worsened or gone before your follow up appointment, please call us on 020 7188 7188, bleep 0480 and a specialist nurse will discuss the best plan for 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 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. In an emergency we will do our best to arrange an interpreter either in person or over the phone for you.
- Consultant gynaecologist / lead clinician – Ms Jude Hamilton
- Head of nursing for gynaecology – Ms Alice Denga
- Gynaecology matron – Mrs Christine Phipps
- EPAGU sister – Mrs Anca Tambrescu
- Nurse practitioner – Mrs Myra Venturillo
- EPAGU deputy sister – Ms Luminita Stoica
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