Early pregnancy

Women experiencing early pregnancy complications can be referred to either of our early pregnancy units within the Trust. Between Chelsea and Westminster Hospital and West Middlesex University Hospital we see women for ultrasound scanning and arrange ongoing care if they have a problem with the pregnancy. 

What we do

Our team of experienced specialist nurses, sonographers and doctors provide women with a one-stop service to include:

  • Ultrasound scanning
  • Blood tests and results
  • Pregnancy complications counselling
  • Medical and surgical procedures, if needed, for a miscarriage or an ectopic pregnancy
  • Follow-up care
  • Onward referral for specialist clinics as required
  • Emergency gynaecology at C&W

We operate an appointment-only system, which means women should be referred by a healthcare professional (such as their GP or a doctor in the emergency department)

Women experiencing bleeding and/or pain or those with recurrent miscarriage can be seen for assessment up to 20 weeks (at C&W) and up to 18 weeks (at WMUH) into the pregnancy—after this time they will be seen within the maternity unit.

Your appointment

Attending an early pregnancy unit can be a worrying time, so please feel free to bring one adult friend, partner or family member to support you.

Please note we are unable to accept walk-ins—you must have a referral from your GP, or from the Emergency Department.

Ultrasound scans

The majority of scans we do in our early pregnancy units are done as ‘transvaginal’ which means the ultrasound probe is placed into the lower part of the vagina. It is not in any way harmful to a pregnancy and should not be painful.

Waiting times

We always endeavour to see patients at their appointment time, however some consultations take longer than others and emergencies do arise. We always give the same level of expert care to our patients.

Children in our units

Within the units we try to maintain a calm atmosphere, especially for women who may be experiencing a pregnancy loss. For this reason we ask that you try to arrange alternative childcare for young children and babies when visiting the unit.

Research

We are a research active hospital and may invite you to take part in one of our research studies. These help us to improve care for women in early pregnancy and discover ways of reducing rates of miscarriage. This is entirely voluntary and whether or not you choose to take part will not affect your care and treatment. Please speak to a member of our team if you are interested in taking part in one of our studies. 

Who we are

Our expert team of clinicians provides early pregnancy services at both hospital sites.

Chelsea and Westminster

  • Georgina Merriner (Receptionist and Administrator)
  • Michele Carr (Lead Clinical Specialist Nurse)
  • Cecilia Bottomley (Lead Consultant)
  • Pippa Clayton-Smith (Clinical Specialist Nurse)
  • Sue Collins (Clinical Specialist Nurse)
  • Hannah Kilpatrick (Staff nurse)
  • Sonography Department Team led by Hilary Haskins
  • Dede Ofili-Yebovi (Consultant)
  • Yemi Kuponiyi (Consultant)
  • Kim Lawson (Clinical Fellow)
  • Nicola Mitchell-Jones (Clinical Fellow)

West Middlesex University Hospital

  • Tracy Wells (Receptionist and Administrator)
  • Suzanne Hollamby (Lead Consultant)
  • Janice Stedman (Staff Nurse)
  • Menike Ekanayake (Sister Gynaecology Outpatients and EPAU)
  • Natalie Nunes (Consultant Obstetrics and Gynaecology)
  • Miss Sharmistha Guha (Consultant Obstetrics and Gynaecology)
  • Maysoon Backos (Consultant Obstetrics and Gynaecology)
  • Anjali Sharma (Consultant Obstetrics and Gynaecology)
  • Sonographer team led by Alexandra Drought (Superintendent Radiographer)

Contact information

Our early pregnancy units are sometimes very busy—if you are unable to contact us by telephone, please leave a message on the answerphone and we will call you back as soon as possible.

Chelsea and Westminster Hospital

We are open Mon–Fri, 9am–5pm. For emergencies, evening and Saturday morning appointments are available by referral. The Elizabeth Suite also includes emergency gynaecology services by referral from a health professional only.

The Elizabeth Suite
Early Pregnancy and Acute Gynaecology Unit (EPAG)

4th Floor, Lift Bank B
Chelsea and Westminster Hospital
369 Fulham Road
London
SW10 9NH 

Reception
T: 020 3315 5073

Nurses
T: 020 3315 5070

West Middlesex University Hospital

Early Pregnancy Assessment Unit (EPAU)
Outpatients 1 (main hospital building), Ground Floor
West Middlesex University Hospital
Twickenham Road
Isleworth
TW7 6AF 

Nurses

T: 020 8321 6506

We are open Mon–Fri, 9am–5pm.

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