Service overview - Gynaecology
Our gynaecology departments investigate and treat problems of the female urinary tract and reproductive organs, such as endometritis, infertility and incontinence.
The teams also provide a range of care for cervical smear screening and post-menopausal bleeding checks.
Our gynaecology departments have the following:
A specialist ward
Day surgery unit
Emergency gynaecology assessment unit
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Basildon Hospital - Gynaecology services
Gynaecology Department, Basildon University Hospital,
Nethermayne, Basildon, Essex, SS16 5NL
Gynaecology Outpatient Department
Telephone: 01268 524900 ext 3916
Opening times: Monday – Friday, 8.30am – 5pm
Gynaecology Admissions Office
Telephone: 01268 524900 ext 8818
Opening times: Monday - Friday, 8am - 4pm
Who the service is for
Women with gynaecological conditions, sexual health problems and early pregnancy complications.
About the service
The gynaecology department is a specialised department offering:
gynaecology emergency unit
investigation and treatment for many gynaecological conditions and early pregnancy complications
treatment for pelvic pain and pelvic infection
urogynaecology and pelvic floor reconstruction
care for women having a miscarriage
‘one stop’ direct referral colposcopy clinic
‘one stop’ menstrual disorder clinic offering a full consultation, a pelvic and vaginal ultrasound scan and, if required, a diagnostic hysteroscopy.
gynaecology oncology services
gynaecology urology for incontinence problems and urodynamics investigations
reproductive health clinic
surgical termination of pregnancy up to 12 weeks gestation
assisted conception clinic offering specialist opinion, with referral to another hospital for treatment
surgical treatment for ovarian cysts, polycystic ovaries, endometriosis, fibroids, hysterectomy, myomectomy, oophorectomy
Gynaecology Emergency Unit (GEU)
Telephone: 01268 524900 ext 8030
Opening times: Monday - Friday, 9am - 8pm and Saturday - Sunday, 9am - 5pm
This unit accepts GP referrals for emergency gynaecology and early pregnancy complications.
Urgent gynaecological conditions include:
suspected ectopic pregnancy
acute onset of pelvic inflammatory disease
injury to the genital tract
problems following assisted conception treatments such as ovarian hyper stimulation
early pregnancy complications
acute onset of pelvic pain and suspected infection
Support for patients
We offer bereavement support for women who have experienced pregnancy loss.
The gynaecology cancer nurse specialist offers counselling, information and support to patients and relatives.
Broomfield Hospital - Gynaecology services
The gynaecology department cares for women’s health across a range of out-patient, day surgery and in-patient services.
The gynaecology services transferred from St John’s Hospital into the new PFI at Broomfield Hospital in November 2010. This has meant that we now have immediate access to a full range of services on site and our department offers state of the art facilities and equipment.
The Gynaecology Department cares for women’s health across a range of Out-patient, day surgery and In-patient services.
We have a team of eight consultant gynaecologists, each with a niche area of expertise who are able to offer you the best of modern treatment in a compassionate, caring and safe environment.
We are supported by our nursing, medical and administrative staff who are competent and motivated to achieve and deliver responsive care.
As a team we aim to develop a greater understanding of the health needs of our diverse population. We are here to listen to and work with our patients and their families to deliver high quality, safe care.
Making an appointment
In order to get an initial appointment to see a gynaecology consultant a letter of referral is needed from your GP or other hospital consultants.
Electronic GP referrals may be made through the ‘choose and book’ system.
Department of Health - www.dh.gov.uk
Ectopic Pregnancy Trust - www.ectopic.org
Miscarriage Association - www.miscarriageassociation.org.uk
National Childbirth Trust 0870 770 3236 (Mon-Fri 9am-5pm) - www.nctpregnancyandcare.com
National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) - www.nice.org.uk/home
Royal College of Nursing (RCN) - www.rcn.org.uk
Royal College of Anaesthetists (RCOA) - www.rcoa.ac.uk
Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) - www.rcog.org.uk
Most of our consultants offer general gynaecology services. Specialist services include:
Early Pregnancy Assessment Unit
Fast Track Clinic
Menstrual Disorder Clinic
Termination of Pregnancy Clinic
Out outreach Clinics: Bringing your care closer to home
South Woodham Ferrers
The Gynaecology service is at South Woodham Ferrers.
General gynaecology patients are seen between 10.30am and 12.30pm on Tuesday mornings.
This clinic is located at Brickfields Surgery in South Woodham Ferrers
The Gynaecology service at St Peter’s.
A consultant and registrar see general gynaecology patients between 10.30am and 12.30pm on Tuesday mornings.
This clinic is located in St Peter’s Hospital, Spital Road, Maldon
Southend Hospital - Gynaecology services
Our gynaecology unit and women’s clinic are located in the Nightingale Centre with additional services, including our Early Pregnancy Assessment Unit (EPAU) and a 24 hour emergency triage service, located on the second floor of the Cardigan Building.
Emergency triage service
Our 24 hour emergency triage service is based on Eastwood ward. The emergency nurse on duty will prioritise patients according to their need and condition:
Women who arrive on the ward in a shocked condition and require immediate medical attention
Women with severe pain or bleeding who need medical attention within 30 - 60 minutes.
Women with problems that can safely wait more than one hour without medical attention
Our aim is that you will be seen by a doctor as soon as possible; however at busy times there may be a delay.
Early Pregnancy Assessment Unit (EPAU)
The early pregnancy unit is located on Eastwood Ward on the second floor of the Cardigan wing.
This unit aims to provide a dedicated service for women up to 17 weeks pregnant that are experiencing pain or bleeding, or have previously experienced problems in early pregnancy.
Women over 17 weeks pregnant should contact MB1 on 01702 385486.
This is not a walk in service, we operate an appointment system only.
Our opening hours are:
Monday to Friday - 07:45 - 15:45
Sunday 08:00 - 12:00 midday
Contact numbers - 01702 385534 or 01702 385532
We have an answerphone service in place, if your call is not answered please talk slowly and clearly leaving your name and contact number and a member of the early pregnancy unit staff will call you back.
Out of these hours and in the event of an emergency please contact Eastwood ward on 01702 385077.
Once a date for your forthcoming surgery has been arranged you will be invited to attend the pre-assessment clinic. This will be approximately 2-3 weeks prior to your admission date. A senior trained nurse will access your fitness for surgery and arrange any further tests or investigations required.
You will have the opportunity to ask any questions that you may have regarding your forthcoming surgery or stay on the ward.
Post-op discharge group
This group was formed for our patients to discuss any problems they had encountered following surgery. Attendees are free to share their experiences in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere over a cup of tea.
The nurse will be able to answer any questions relating to your surgery (such as vaginal bleeding and discharge, wound problems, HRT etc). A physiotherapist is also in attendance and will answer questions relating to exercise and sporting activities (such as swimming and aerobics). The physiotherapist will demonstrate exercises for the group and, if necessary, give appointments for the physiotherapy clinic.
The group usually runs every last Tuesday of the month at 14.00 in the hospital's Education Centre.
Our cancer support group, COPES (Cervical, Ovarian, Perineal, Endometrial Support) supports those affected by gynaecological cancers and is also a registered charity. For more information please visit the COPES website.
Eastwood ward: 01702 435555 ext 6221
Early Pregnancy Assessment Unit: 01702 435555 ext 3380 / 3379
Gynaecology Triage: 01702 435555 ext 5515
COPES: 01702 435555 ext 6464