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The Early Pregnancy Assessment Unit (EPAU) provides care and support to women and anyone experiencing complications in early pregnancy, as well as their partners.

If you experience vaginal bleeding and/or abdominal pain you can be seen for assessment up to 19+6 weeks gestation. After this if you have any concerns you will need to be assessed by your GP or midwife via community midwifery on 01709 423729 or labour ward triage on 01709 427700.

EPAU is open Monday to Friday 8am until 4pm. (Please note, we are closed bank holidays).

You need to have an appointment to attend EPAU as unfortunately we cannot accept walk-ins. We do have a telephone line you can call to speak to one of our experienced nurses or midwives who will be able to assess your symptoms and provide you with advice. If you need to attend the unit, you will be offered an appointment for a face to face assessment.

We see and assess patients who have:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Vaginal bleeding
  • History of previous ectopic pregnancy, molar pregnancy or recurrent miscarriage
  • Attended for a private ultrasound scan which has identified abnormalities; such as miscarriage or ectopic pregnancy

During your appointment staff will let you know if you need an ultrasound scan; not all patients will need a scan.

The EPAU team consists of nurses, midwives, sonographers, support staff and a lead gynaecology consultant for the unit. Most patients are looked after by our nurses and midwives but we have medical support available if needed.

EPAU provides the following services:

  • Blood tests and monitoring
  • Infection screening, i.e. vaginal swabs and urine analysis
  • Ultrasound scanning
  • Treatment for a miscarriage or ectopic pregnancy
  • Follow up care and support
  • Referral to counselling following pregnancy loss

We have put guidelines and measures in place throughout the pandemic to reduce the risk of transmission to protect patients and staff. We ask that you wear a face mask when attending the unit. Contact the unit if you are displaying any symptoms of Covid or have been in contact with anyone who has tested positive.

If you need advice or support from the EPAU please contact 01709 427072 between 8am and 4pm Monday to Friday. Outside of our opening hours you can contact the gynaecology inpatient ward on 01709 424349.

If you are suffering from any of the following symptoms you must attend UECC or call 999 immediately:

  • heavy vaginal bleeding
  • severe abdominal pain
  • abdominal pain accompanied by shoulder tip pain
  • dizziness / collapse 

You may find the below videos helpful:

Welcome to the Early Pregnancy Assessment Unit


Early pregnancy

Ultrasound scan

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Contact us

Rotherham Hospital
Moorgate Road
S60 2UD

Telephone: 01709 820000