Who can attend the Emergency Gynaecology Unit
This is a 24 hour walk in service. If you have had a
positive pregnancy test and are experiencing abdominal pain and/or
vaginal bleeding, you can attend this unit.
You can also attend if you have severe vomiting in pregnancy. If
you are unsure whether you fit our admission criteria, please feel
free to contact us for advice over the phone.
If you are not pregnant but have abdominal pain or
vaginal bleeding, you can attend this unit only if your General
Practitioner (GP) has assessed you and has discussed your case with
the consultant on-call. If you have not been assessed by your
GP and you feel your case is an emergency, you should attend your
local Accident and Emergency Department.
What will happen when I arrive in the unit?
When you arrive in Emergency Gynaecology Unit, you will register
at reception. A nurse will obtain your baseline observations
and undertake an initial assessment (triage) of your condition.
We will take an in-depth history of your symptoms and decide
on what tests/scans or investigations you may need. We will
inform you of the next steps in your care or you may be
discharged at this point.
If you require further investigations or a scan, these may take
time and you may have to wait for up to four hours.
If you are over 7 weeks pregnant, have not yet had a scan
performed in your pregnancy and you are experiencing pain or
bleeding, we will try to arrange an urgent scan for you that same
day. Ths may not always be possible. If you attend over
the weekend or in the evening, your scan will be arranged for the
next available appointment, which may be 2-3 days later.
If you are under 7 weeks pregnant it is unlikely that you
will receive a scan until your blood pregnancy hormone levels have
If it is necessary for you to have a scan and you are less
than 10 weeks pregnant, the scan should be performed vaginally in
order to gain the most information.
If you have already had a scan which has shown a viable
pregnancy and you experience further pain or bleeding you will be
assessed by a nurse or doctor prior to having another scan. If a
further scan is indicated this may be arranged for a later date (ie
7- 14 days) in order to allow time for the pregnancy to
If you have already had a scan performed in your pregnancy and
you are more than 12 weeks pregnant, we will try to listen to your
baby's heartbeat using a machine. If for some reason the
heartbeat cannot be heard, a scan will be arranged for the next
Depending on the reason why you attend the unit, you may need to
have blood samples taken.
What else do I need to know?
We are classified as an Accident and Emergency (A&E)
service, which means that you may be in the department for up to
If you have been discharged from our care or are awaiting
further appointments but your symptoms return in the interim,
please contact us for further advice.
Coping with problems in early pregnancy can be difficult and it
may be advisable for you to bring someone with you for support.
Follow up appointments
In some cases you may be asked to return for repeat blood tests
or scans. You will be given an appointment time for this.
Please note that whilst we make every effort to see you at the
appointed time, it is not always possible if there
are unwell or upset patients needing to be seen urgently.
- Manager - Elisabeth Allerton
- Sister - Katie O'Toole (Acting Manager)
The EGU is a nurse-led
service. Our nursing staff have expertise in early pregnancy
problems. Consultant and medical support is available in the
unit when required.
Our service is located on the second floor (Ward 63) of Saint
Mary's Hospital and the service is available 24 hours a day, seven
days a week.
(0161) 276 6204 or (0161) 276 6912
We have a number of patient information leaflets containing
information that you may find useful:
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