Patients & Visitors

Early Pregnancy Assessment Clinic

D3

Opening Times

The clinic is held 8.30am – 9.00am, Monday to Friday.

Assessments will be carried out between 8.00am and 9.00am. Scans will be performed after 9:00am. Women are seen on a first-come first-served basis. If the numbers of patients are particularly large, you may be asked to return the following day for a scan after a consultation with Nurse or Doctor.

The Clinic is closed at weekends and on Bank Holidays.

About the clinic

The Early Pregnancy Assessment Clinic (EPAC) is a specialist assessment and scanning service for pregnant women up to 14 weeks gestation who have experienced pain and / or vaginal bleeding.

If you are more than 14 weeks pregnant you will need to contact your GP or midwife, who may refer you to the gynaecology emergency assessment clinic (GEAC)

This is an open access clinic. You DO NOT need a GP referral.

To attend EPAC you must have a positive pregnancy test and pain or bleeding.

Most pregnancies are healthy despite bleeding but some women find that their bleeding is due to a miscarriage or ectopic pregnancy. This is frequently a devastating and upsetting diagnosis. Please consider bringing someone with you to this clinic. Some women, but not all, need emotional support from a partner, mother, or friend.

It is important that you are aware that this clinic can be are unpredictably busy and you may be in the clinic for at least 4 hours.

We are very aware that it may be enormously frustrating for you if you have to wait and we will try to keep you informed of wait times during the morning.

What will happen when you are in the clinic

Women are seen on a first-come first-served basis and must attend between 8.30am and 9.00am. Please do not come before 8.30am as the clinic will not be open.

You will be required to provide a urine specimen, so we can do a pregnancy test, and complete a patient questionnaire, about your health and why you have attended the clinic today. You will then be initially assessed by the early pregnancy team who will book you for an ultrasound scan, if required.

Not every women needs to have an ultrasound scan. Occasionally we ask women to return at a later date for an ultrasound scan. Scan appointments are allocated according to clinical priority not the time that you arrived in the clinic. The majority of ultrasound scans with be vaginal (internal).

After you have had your scan you will be seem by a member of the early pregnancy team who may need to take some blood tests and examine you. They will explain your results and plan your ongoing pregnancy care. You will be given a copy of an outcome letter and your scan report; these will also be sent to your GP.

Location

The Early Pregnancy Assessment Clinic is situated in Gynaecology Outpatients on ground floor of Zone D. The waiting area is at the end of the Gynaecology Outpatients corridor accessed by following the blue line from reception.

Address:
Early Pregnancy Assessment Clinic (Department D3)
Gynaecology outpatients
Princess Ann Wing
Royal United hospital
Bath
BA1 3NG

Contact Numbers

Early Pregnancy Assessment Clinic (EPAC):

Gynaecology Outpatients:

NHS 111:

www.nhs.uk

The Miscarriage Association

www.miscarriageassociation.org.uk

Ectopic Pregnancy Trust

www.ectopic.org/trust

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