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Early Pregnancy Assessment Unit

The unit provides an appointment service to assess pregnant women experiencing pain and bleeding in early pregnancy.

Women referred to this clinic must be in a stable condition. Those requiring urgent medical attention must be referred to either the Emergency Department or the Ward Doctor.

Opening Times

Monday to Friday 8.30am - 4.30pm (excluding Bank Holidays).

Referrals are accepted direct to the unit from GPs, Midwives and the Emergency Department.

If you are referred to the unit, an appointment will be offered for the next available clinic based on the following set criteria:

Women between 6 - 13 weeks of pregnancy with a positive pregnancy test and:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Vaginal bleeding
  • Previous ectopic pregnancy
  • Previous tubal surgery
  • Three or more previous miscarriages
  • Having an Intrauterine Contraceptive Device (coil)

What happens at the appointment?

You will be seen by a Nurse/ Doctor who will arrange for the following assessments to be carried out as appropriate:

  • Taking your medical history
  • Pregnancy test
  • Checking your blood pressure, temperature and pulse
  • An ultrasound scan
  • Blood tests

The main objective of the service is to provide outpatient assessment and treatment to reduce the need to admit you to hospital unnecessarily.

Once you have had all the appropriate investigations the results will be reviewed and any required treatment options will be discussed with you.

Following your assessment, if it is considered that admission to hospital is required, this will be to the Gynaecology Ward adjacent to the unit.