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Early Pregnancy Unit (EPU)

What we do

We are located on the gynaecology wards and see women with pain and/or bleeding in early pregnancy.

We see women who have a positive pregnancy test and are between 5 weeks and 18 weeks pregnant. We also offer blood tests and follow up appointments for women that have suffered 3 consecutive miscarriages.

What to expect while under our care

You will first see the nurse who will take a history from you and possibly a urine sample. If necessary, the nurse will refer you for an ultrasound scan is in the next room. The scan will be either abdominal or vaginal. Then you will see a doctor who will explain the results of your scan and further management.

If you experience further pain or bleeding after visiting the EPU, you can call during opening hours to speak to a nurse about your concerns. If the department is closed you can phone the gynaecology wards on 01273 523191 (Brighton) or 01444 441881 extn. 8370 (Haywards Heath).

Location

Brighton

11th floor, Thomas Kemp Tower, Royal Sussex County Hospital

This is not a walk-in clinic. It is open from 8am to 4pm, Monday to Friday, by appointment only.

Haywards Heath

Horsted Keynes Ward, 2nd floor, Princess Royal Hospital

This is not a walk in clinic. It is open from 8.30am to 12 midday on Monday, Wednesday and Friday by appointment only.

Contact

Royal Sussex County Hospital: 01273 664402

Princess Royal Hospital: 01444 441881 extn. 8370

Referrals

Women may be referred via:

  • GP
  • A&E
  • Community midwife
  • Ultrasound department
  • Gynaecology Assessment Unit
  • Urgent Care Centre

Wards

01444 448730 2nd floor, Princess Royal Hospital

A 12 bedded ward based in Hayward’s Heath. It caters for elective gynaecology and breast care for women having surgery. The ward also accommodates the Early Pregnancy Unit, colposcopy and out-patient hysteroscopy clinics.

01273 523191 Level 11, Thomas Kemp Tower, Royal Sussex County Hospital

Level 11 is a 9 bedded ward catering for women with emergency gynaecology conditions and following cancer surgery. It also provides care for women having specialist treatment of endometriosis. The ward also accommodates the Early Pregnancy Unit, Gynaecology Assessment Unit and operates a nurse led pre-operative assessment clinic.

Patient information

bleeding in early pregnancy

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early pregnancy unit

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information if you require a rescan

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investigations for couples with recurrent miscarriage

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management of ectopic pregnancy

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management of molar pregnancy

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methotrexate

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miscarriage

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pregnancy of unknown location

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transvaginal ultrasound

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your baby – a leaflet for if you have lost your baby between 12 and 23 weeks

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your baby – a leaflet for if you have lost your baby under 12 weeks

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