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 - 20 March 2020 until further notice

As we continue to respond to Coronavirus (COVID-19) we request that you do not attend the EPU. If you have an urgent medical situation (including heaving ongoing bleeding or severe pain) please attend the emergency department.

If your concern is not an emergency, but requires medical support please call our triage team on 020 8401 3310 between the hours of 8:00-  9:00am  where your history will be taken and the appropriate advice/plan made. After telephone triage, we may ask you to attend the hospital for investigation.

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:

Walk-in service: There is a walk-in service which operates from 9am to 1pm on weekdays. Patients who have had a positive pregnancy test can self-refer and be seen for assessment and treatment.

Triage Clinic: The unit offers a daily triage service where patients have the opportunity to discuss any concerns with a nurse or doctor.

Scan Clinic: There are several scan clinics in the afternoons. These are available for women who prefer to be seen by appointment rather than attend the walk-in service. The clinics also offer a rescan service for women whose initial scan was 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


The early pregnancy service is a patient walk-in service for patients who are 18 weeks or less pregnant.

Walk-in clinics run Monday to Friday, 9am to 1pm. Patients do not need an appointment or referral for these sessions.

Patients requiring blood tests or scans etc. will need to be arranged outside of the walk-in times see blood tests and/or diagnostic imaging.