A-Z of Services

Early Pregnancy Unit

  • Base: The Women’s Unit at Croydon University Hospital
  • Address: 530 London Road, Croydon, CR7 7YE
  • Reception phone number: 020 8401 3898 or, after 2pm, 020 8401 3310

About the service

Update on Early Pregnancy Unit - 23 June 2021

If your concern is not an emergency, but requires medical support please call our triage team on 0208 401 3310 between the hours of 09:00 and 13:00 Monday to Friday (excluding bank holidays) where your history will be taken and the appropriate advice/plan made. 

Please leave an answerphone message if you are unable to get through, and your call will be returned. Any messages left after 13:00, may not be answered until the following working day.  

Service Overview

The Early Pregnancy Unit (EPU) provides a wide range of services for women who are experiencing concerns in early pregnancy. We provide a dedicated service to women under 16 weeks gestation. The unit sees women with common symptoms such as bleeding or pain in early pregnancy. The unit also sees women who have had previous early pregnancy complications such as recurrent miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy and molar pregnancy.

The Early Pregnancy Unit is staffed by a dedicated team of mixed professionals. The unit is lead by a consultant Gynaecologist with specialist training in scanning and managing early pregnancy complications.

Most services are nurse delivered and the team is managed by a lead nurse who is dual trained in midwifery as well as general nursing. Ultrasound scans are performed by doctors, nurses and sonographers.

We treat:

  • Threatened Miscarriages
  • Miscarriages
  • Recurrent Miscarriages
  • Ectopic Pregnancies
  • Molar Pregnancies

 

Services Provided:

T elephone triage: There is a telephone triage service which operates from 09:00 to 13:00 Monday to Friday (excluding bank holidays). Patients who have had a positive pregnancy test can self-refer via 0208 401 3310.

Scan Clinic: There are daily appointment-based scan clinics running from 09:00 to 12:40 Monday to Friday (excluding bank holidays). We also offer a rescan service for women whose initial scans were inconclusive. 

Consultant Clinic: There is a weekly consultant clinic where complex patients are reviewed and offered an individualized package of care. Senior clinical fellows are available on a daily basis for review of all patients at the request of the junior staff.

Out-patient Medical Management of Miscarriage: Women with a miscarriage are offered expectant, medical or surgical management. Those who opt for medical can have the procedure in hospital or chose management in the comfort of their home. The pathway involves regular contact with the EPU nurses and clinical fellows.

Out-patient Surgical Management of Miscarriage: Women who chose surgical management can have this done under a general anaesthetic or they can have this under local anaesthetic in the unit.

 

Consultants:

Clinical Lead: Mr David Rose, Consultant Gynaecologist

Lead Nurse: Mrs Sarah-Jane McLean

 

Referral Criteria:

Positive pregnancy test
Less than 16 weeks gestation