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Gynaecology

Gynaecology focuses on the health of the female reproductive system.

It covers a wide range of different conditions and age groups, from the very young to the older woman, and each person’s individual circumstances will be different.

The Trust is also the provider of the regional gynae-oncology service.

We undertake consultation, investigation and treatment of a wide range of gynaecological conditions including:

  • General gynaecology
  • Urogynaecology
  • Colposcopy
  • Gynaecological cancers
  • Early pregnancy/emergency gynaecology
  • Recurrent miscarriage
  • Surgical procedures in outpatients
  • Rapid access clinics for women with abnormal symptoms

We provide a one stop clinic where scanning, consultation and surgical procedures under local anesthetic can take place in one outpatient visit.

 

Services

We run clinics in:

Emergency Gynae Assessment Unit

Our Emergency Gynaecology assessment unit is an area specialising in any gynaecology emergencies we see gynaecological patients that are admitted via Accident and Emergency, their GP or via patient access services. The unit is run by a group of specially trained Clinical Nurse specialists with the support of health care assistants. If you are referred to the unit when you first arrive you will be seen by a nurse who will confirm your name, address, date of birth. They will then take a baseline set of observations to include temperature, pulse, blood pressure, and height and weight measurements. The nurses will take an initial history of your presenting complaints and undertake any required examinations, following this you will be seen by a doctor who will plan your care accordingly; this could include anything from initial treatment, blood tests an ultrasound scan or emergency surgery if required. We also initiate and provide a fast hydration service for any patient experiencing Hyperemesis Gravidarum (a type of severe morning sickness).

Early Pregnancy Assessment Unit

The Early pregnancy Assessment unit provides an urgent care service for complications associated with early pregnancy including the diagnosis and management of miscarriage, ectopic pregnancies and other common early pregnancy related problems. The team consists of specially trained clinical nurse specialists, a sonographer, and appropriate medical staff on call.  The unit is open from Monday to Friday 8am till 4pm and Saturdays 8am till 2pm. The unit is based alongside our emergency gynaecology assessment unit should you require admission or ongoing further management.

D21 and D25

We are split over two female Gynaecology/Gynaecology-oncology wards with a team of specially trained nurses who will endeavour to provide the best quality care for you following your gynaecology surgery and procedures. We work closely with our gynaecology/surgical team and have planned daily ward rounds to assess and manage your care on a daily basis. You may also have involvement from other teams on an individual needs basis, i.e. physiotherapists, pain management team, nutritional team. Our aim is to support you to recover from your surgery in a relaxed friendly, clean environment.  We also appreciate patient feedback and endeavour to continue to learn from patient experiences.

Colposcopy

Colposcopy is part of the NHS Cervical-Screening programme and is a procedure where the lining of the cervix is examined to check the cells for abnormalities.
A GP will refer you to the colposcopy service if your smear results appear abnormal.

Urgent referrals or suspected cancers are seen within two weeks of the initial direct referral date. High-grade smears are seen within four weeks of this date. Low grade or routine referrals are seen within six weeks. A personalised invitation letter is sent to every patient who requires an appointment. 

Urogynaecology

This is a sub-speciality of the Gynaecology and Urology departments. The Urogynaecology department diagnoses and treats conditions of the urinary tract and genitals in women only.

We offer diagnostic testing and can treat the following conditions:

  • Urinary Incontinence
  • Pelvic Organ Prolapse
  • Pelvic floor disorders
  • Congenital anomalies of the urogenital tract

The general clinic is run on a Thursday morning at the Birmingham Treatment Centre (BTC) at City Hospital. This clinic is for women requiring urodynamic study and it will be performed in our urodynamic investigation room. The urodynamics clinic is run on Wednesday all day and Thursday afternoons. We have dedicated, highly trained nursing staff to perform the procedure.

Referral to the urogynaecology service is made through a GP or a member of the community continence team.

For more information about disabled access for this service, please click here.

Contacts

Emergency Gynae Assessment Unit (City Site) – 0121 507 4925

Early Pregnancy Assessment Unit (City Site) – 0121 507 5269

Sandwell Gynae Outpatients (Clinic 6A) – 0121 507 3249

Birmingham Treatment Centre (BTC, City Hospital) Gynae Outpatients – 0121 507 4246

Ward D21 (City Site) – 0121 507 4021
Ward D25 (City Site) – 0121 507 4025

Colposcopy Unit
City Hospital: 0121 507 4246, Monday–Friday between 8.30am – 4.30pm.
Sandwell Hospital: 0121 507 3249, Monday–Friday, between 8am – 4pm.

Urogynaecology
Lisa Fackrell (Secretary) telephone: 0121 507 4706
Email: lisa.fackrell@nhs.net

 

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