Women's diagnostic unit

The women’s diagnostic unit cares for women experiencing problems during early pregnancy and gynaecology emergencies. We operate an early pregnancy walk-in service seven days a week and run a range of clinics.

We work closely with our emergency department (A&E), midwives, ultrasound department and GPs to make sure women are seen as quickly as possible. We aim to enable women to stay at home and receive care as outpatients whenever possible, including for the treatment of hyperemesis (severe morning sickness) and Bartholin’s cyst and abscess.

Early pregnancy

 
Our early pregnancy service cares for women experiencing problems during the first 16 weeks of their pregnancy. Experiencing problems during pregnancy can be stressful and we aim to reassure women and make sure they are safe.

We care for women with conditions including:
  • Pain and/or bleeding
  • Pelvic pain
  • Hyperemesis (severe vomiting)
  • Ectopic pregnancy
  • Miscarriage and recurrent miscarriage

Walk-in service

Our emergency walk-in service  for women experiencing problems during early pregnancy is available Monday to Friday from 8am to 6pm (outside of these hours patients who need urgent care will be seen in A&E).

Women who experience problems or have concerns can walk-in and be seen by our specialist team without being referred by their GP or healthcare professional.

This is an emergency service for pregnant women and operates in a similar way to our emergency department, with women triaged on arrival. Our consultants aim to see you as quickly as possible, however during busy times you can expect to wait between three and four hours to be seen.

We usually assess and scan women on the same day, but on some occasions you may be assessed by our senior nurse or junior doctor and asked to return at another time for a scan if required.

Please note that our walk-in service is only for women experiencing problems in early pregnancy. Women who require our emergency gynaecology service will be referred to us by their GP, our emergency department or other healthcare professional.

Clinics

Early pregnancy clinic
Appointments are available Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday afternoons, and Friday morning.

Recurrent miscarriage clinic
Appointments are available on Wednesday morning for women who have experienced three concurrent miscarriages. This clinic is run by Miss Kirsten Vogt and Yvonne Nicholson.

Surgical treatment of miscarriage clinic
Appointments for surgical treatment of miscarriage under local anaesthesia are available on Wednesday morning.

Referrals

Women can attend our walk-in service, refer themselves to our clinics by phoning us on the contact number below or you may 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 with acute gynaecological problems - severe and sudden conditions related to the female reproductive system. We investigate problems and initiate treatment, then work closely with you and your GP to manage your condition.

We care for women with conditions including:
  • Acute pelvic pain
  • Post gynaecology surgical problems
  • Severe menorrhagia (heavy menstrual bleeding)
  • Vulval problems
  • Acute pelvic inflammatory disease
  • Bartholin’s cyst and abscess

Clinics

Gynaecology clinic
Appointments are available on Monday afternoon with Miss Claire Mellon, Wednesday afternoon with Miss Amma Kyei-Mensah and Thursday morning with Miss Rhonda Flemming.

Hysteroscopy clinic
Appointments are available Friday morning with Miss Rhonda Flemming.

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 women’s diagnostic unit is run by consultants and supported by a team of specialist nurses and sonographers. We are a teaching hospital and our team 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
Miss Claire Mellon, consultant in obstetrics and gynaecology – one clinic per week
Miss Amma Kyei-Mensah, consultant in obstetrics and gynaecology – one clinic per week
Yvonne Nicholson, senior clinical nurse specialist
Hazel Ncube, clinical nurse specialist
Myla Gonito, ward manager
Penny Roberts, ward manager

Location

Women’s Diagnostic Unit, Level 3, Kenwood Wing, The Whittington Hospital, Magdala Avenue, London N19 5NF

Contact

020 7288 3786
 
 
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