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Early Pregnancy Assessment Clinic

Overview & Contact Details

The Early Pregnancy Assessment Clinic is an emergency clinic for women with pain and/or bleeding in early pregnancy from 6 weeks to 14 weeks gestation.


Early Pregnancy Assessment Clinic (EPAC): 01225 825803
Gynaecology Outpatients: 01225 824664
On-call Consultant Gynaecologist: 07824363076

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The Clinic

The EPAC is an open access clinic; they do not need to be referred by a GP or midwife.

Women should attend the clinic between 8.30am – 9.00am, Monday to Friday for assessment. Please advise women not to attend before 8.30am as the EPAC will not be open. The early pregnancy team will then book an ultrasound scan that morning, if it is indicated.

Not all women will require a scan. We do not perform an ultrasound scan on women who have a NEGATIVE urinary pregnancy test on the day they attend the EPAC. Ultrasound scan appointments are from 9.00am to 12.00pm and are prioritised by the early pregnancy team. Please advise your patients to expect to be in the EPAC for up to 4 hours.

If your patient becomes unwell with severe pain or bleeding, please advise them to attend Accident and Emergency instead of waiting for the EPAC.

The Clinic is closed at weekends and on bank holidays.

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Referral Criteria

The early pregnancy assessment clinic has proved invaluable in improving the care of women who have experienced bleeding and pain in early pregnancy. This is an emergency service so numbers of women attending each day can be unpredictable and waiting time can be extensive.

Criteria for attendance

  1. Patients must be clinically stable
  2. Women with a positive pregnancy test and amenorrhoea between 6 and 14 weeks with pain or and bleeding

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The Team

Nurse Practitioners: Kate Palastre
Jane Rideout
Jenny Dixon
Pat Prevatt
Ultrasonographers: Pamela Norbury
Tracey Blacker
Chris Weeks
Sarah Wilmott
Eleanor Grace
Emma Parsons
Susan Holloway
Alison Giles

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