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Following your attendance at the Urgent and Emergency Care Centre, you have been referred to the Early Pregnancy Assessment Unit (EPAU). This is located in Rotherham Hospital at the end of the Gynaecology Ward.
This leaflet is to help you understand why this has been done, and what may be happening.
The EPAU is an area in the hospital that manages problems in early pregnancy.
The most common problems are vaginal bleeding and abdominal pain. You may have one, or both of these symptoms.
The staff in EPAU will do a full assessment of the problems you are having. This will include reviewing your symptoms, and sometimes involves blood tests or an ultrasound scan. You will probably have to repeat your medical history and the reason for attending EPAU.
We understand that this can be very distressing but it is very important to ensure you receive the best possible care.
Some common causes of bleeding and pain in early pregnancy are:
We can organise for you to be seen within two or three days at the EPAU. Your appointment should be given to you before you leave the Urgent and Emergency Care Centre.
Following your attendance in UECC you may have been advised to contact EPAU for further assessment or advice. In some cases this assessment and advice will be over the telephone.
If you have been advised that you will receive a call from the EPAU and no one contacts you within 48 hours, please phone EPAU on 01709 427072 to make sure an appointment has been made. Sometimes the appointment will be telephone advice only.
While waiting for your appointment, it is usually best to try and live as normally as possible. It is normal to feel anxious during this time, but there are many reasons why pain and/or bleeding can occur in early pregnancy as described above.
If you feel that you need to rest, you can, but try to keep as active as you feel able to. There is not always specific treatment to stop your bleeding and unfortunately, miscarriage cannot be prevented.
Taking pain relief such as Paracetamol for any back or abdominal pain you might have, is perfectly safe. It is important to wear sanitary pads only and not tampons if you are experiencing vaginal bleeding.
Monday to Friday, 8am to 4pm (closed Bank Holidays)
Please seek help immediately by phoning 999 or come back to the Urgent and Emergency Care Centre if you develop any of the following:
- very heavy bleeding
- severe abdominal pain
- shoulder tip pain
- fainting or a fever
For other, minor worries or problems, you should contact your GP or phone NHS 111 who are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Your referral to the Early Pregnancy Assessment Unit - patient information leaflet
Produced by Rose Davis,February 2006
Revised August 2007, May 2010, January 2014, February 2022. Revision due February 2024. Version: 5.0
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