You may been advised to attend our Early Pregnancy Unit (EPU) by a healthcare professional because there is a possibility a problem may have arisen during the early stages (first 12 weeks) of your pregnancy. You may have also self-referred yourself because of your previous pregnancy history (please see section on self-referral eligibility criteria).
What is an Early Pregnancy Unit?
We are an emergency referral service providing care for women experiencing early pregnancy complications; primarily pain and/or vaginal bleeding up to your 12 week dating scan, on a same day or next working day referral basis.
We understand that this is a very stressful time for both couples and their families. Our aim is to support you through this early stage of pregnancy, to maintain your confidentiality and to investigate your symptoms and offer treatment when indicated.
As this is an emergency service for women, referred by a healthcare professional, the service works as an extension to the A&E services and there may be a lengthy wait.
This is NOT an appointment service and we prioritise patients depending on clinical need rather than on time of attendance.
We use a non-appointment based system as this allows us the flexibility to see and/or scan MOST women on the same day they present to our unit. In other early pregnancy units, the appointment system may be associated with a shorter hospital visit, however the disadvantage of this system is that there may be a delay of several days before an appointment is available.
For patients having follow up and given a time, this will also be approximate and you may be advised to call before you attend to check if there is likely to be a significant delay.
The average time spent in the EPU is 2-4 hours but this can be longer in busier periods.
- Monday - Friday: 09.00 - 16.00 (other than Bank Holidays and weekends)
- Emergency EPU scanning sessions: 09.00 - 1300
Depending on our staffing, emergency afternoon scanning MAY be available.