Women's Diagnostic and Early Pregnancy Unit

The Womenís Diagnostic Unit cares for women and birthing people with gynaecology emergencies. We also have an early pregnancy service, including an early pregnancy walk-in service and a range of clinics.
 
We work closely with GPs and other hospital services to make sure you are assessed quickly, and to avoid hospital admission if possible.

If you have an emergency during early pregnancy, please attend either:

Early pregnancy

Experiencing problems during pregnancy can be stressful and we aim to reassure you and make sure you are safe.
 
Our early pregnancy service cares for women and birthing people up to 17 weeks and 6 days pregnancy with problems including:
  • Pain and/or bleeding
  • Miscarriage
  • Ectopic pregnancy (a pregnancy that is not located in the uterus, which can cause pain and bleeding)
  • Hyperemesis (severe vomiting)

Walk-in service

Women and birthing people with an emergency during early pregnancy should come to our walk-in service, from Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm. You do not need a referral for the walk-in service.

Outside these hours, please go to the Emergency Department.
 
When you arrive at the walk-in, we will ask why you are here to ensure you are seen by the correct doctor or nurse. We aim to see you as quickly as possible, however during busy times you may need to wait for a few hours to be seen.
 
We  will usually assess and scan you on the same day. However, sometimes you may need to return at another time for a scan.

Please note that our walk-in service is only for early pregnancy emergencies. If you have a gynaecology emergency, please go to the Emergency Department.

Clinics

Early pregnancy clinic:
Appointments are available throughout the week.

Recurrent miscarriage clinic:
This clinic is on a Wednesday afternoon for women and birthing people who have experienced three or more miscarriages.
 
Surgical treatment of miscarriage clinic:
We provide appointments for surgical treatment of miscarriage under local anaesthesia (where part of the body is numbed) or general anaesthesia (where you are totally unconscious).

Referrals

You can attend our walk-in service or refer yourself to our clinics by calling 0207 288 3786.  You may also be referred to us by your GP, midwife, our emergency department, or other healthcare professional. We usually see women within one to two days of referral.

Emergency gynaecology

Our emergency gynaecology service cares for women and birthing people with severe and sudden conditions related to the female reproductive system, including: 
  • Acute pelvic pain
  • Post gynaecology surgical problems
  • Severe menorrhagia (heavy menstrual bleeding)
  • Acute pelvic inflammatory disease
  • Bartholinís cyst and abscess

In the hospital, you will be seen by the gynaecology on-call team who will investigate problems and start treatment. We will then work closely with you and your GP to manage your condition.


Hysteroscopy clinic

Appointments are available Monday afternoon, Tuesday morning, Wednesday morning, Thursday morning and Friday morning. This procedure must be requested by a health care professional.

Referrals

You may be referred to us by your GP, our emergency department or other healthcare professional. We usually see women within one to two days of referral.

Women's diagnostic unit team

The womenís diagnostic unit is run by consultants and supported by a team of specialist nurses and sonographers. We are often accompanied by junior doctors and nurses undertaking specialist training.
Miss Kirsten Vogt, Consultant in Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Miss Rhonda Flemming, Consultant in Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Miss Margaret Wilson, Consultant in Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Tara Egan, Matron
Yvonne Nicholson, Clinical Nurse Specialist
Hazel Ncube, Clinical Nurse Specialist
Myla Gonito, Ward Manager

Location

Womenís Diagnostic Unit, Level 3, Kenwood Wing, The Whittington Hospital, Magdala Avenue, London N19 5NF
 Call the Womenís Diagnostic Unit on 0207 288 3786.
Last updated08 Nov 2023
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