Gynaecology and EPAU

Early pregnancy assessment unit (EPAU)

Guidelines for the Early Pregnancy Assessment Unit (EPAU) are now available. 

There is a fax proforma ( last page of guidelines document) to be used for all clinic referrals.

We would also like to highlight the following points:

  • Referrals will be acted on by the close of the working day.
  • Any urgent referrals that need assessment the same day must be discussed with the on call doctor in the EPAU on bleep 2431. Please provide a referral letter to the patient to bring with them. (This includes gynaecology emergencies.) They must not be faxed.

Please ensure that the patient has been clinically assessed in the surgery to ensure safe management of the referral.

EPAU has six appointment slots on Monday and Wednesday and four appointment slots on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.

Please can patients be informed that the wait for an appointment can sometimes be several days (depending on the clinic workload). We fully appreciate the concerning nature of having to wait and EPAU will always do their best to accommodate.

There seems to be a high expectation that they will be seen the same day and this is not always possible. These comments are being reflected in patient feedback.

A positive pregnancy test must be recorded within the last seven days as referrals to the clinic will not be accepted without this. This should be recorded on the fax prior to the referral.

Please advise patient that if less than 8 weeks pregnant, a transvaginal scan maybe required.  Above 8 weeks, patients will need to attend with a full bladder.

Once the referral has been accepted we are happy for the patient to call the unit direct should there be any changes in their symptoms.

It is not necessary to send a copy of the referral by post as this does increase administration workload in EPAU. 

Requests for dating scans must be referred to the maternity scan department (01256 314776) as these cannot be accommodated in EPAU.

Guidelines for early pregnancy management are available via www.earlypregnancy.org.uk

If there are any queries please do not hesitate to contact us

Pauline.bawden@hhft.nhs.uk

Amara.sohail@hhft.nhs.uk 

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updated 3 February 2017

EPAU referal guidelines

EPAU fax referal form

Guidelines for early pregnancy management are available via www.earlypregnancy.org.uk


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