Main telephone number:
020 8401 3000

Early pregnancy unit

The Early Pregnancy Unit provides care for women with problems in the first 16 weeks of pregnancy. 

Find out more about the service including information on how to refer.

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.

EPU operates out of the Women’s Unit, a purpose-built outpatient area with facilities to provide a wide range of treatment for female patients.

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

Specialties and clinics

  • 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. 

Referral criteria

  • Positive pregnancy test
  • Less than 16 weeks gestation

How to refer

The Unit operates a walk-in service where patients can self-refer.

Patients can also be referred by their GP. A referral form should be completed and emailed to 

Tel - 020 8401 3983

Contact information

The Women’s Unit 

Croydon University Hospital 

530 London Road



Phone: 02084013310


Mr David Rose - Clinical Lead and Consultant Gynaecologist

Mrs Sarah-Jane McLean - Lead Nurse


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