Early Pregnancy Unit

What we do

We assess and treat:

  • pregnant women with pain or/and bleeding in early pregnancy up to 16 weeks
  • pregnant women with high risk of an ectopic (outside the womb) pregnancy
  • women who are not pregnant and have been admitted to hospital with sudden severe pelvic pain.

At your appointment, a doctor will assess you by taking your medical history. You will also have an internal ultrasound scan. The doctor will then discuss with you the likely cause of your symptoms, whether you need to have any more investigations and your treatment options.

Treatments available for miscarriage include surgical management under local anaesthetic; day surgery treatment under general anaesthetic; outpatient medical management; and natural management.
Treatments available for ectopic pregnancies include laparoscopic surgery, medical treatment with methotrexate or natural management.

When to come to the Early Pregnancy Unit (EPU)
If you have been referred by your GP, please bring your referral letter to the Early Pregnancy Emergencies walk-in clinic. See our opening hours below.

If you are having pain and/or bleeding, you can come to one of our walk-in Early Pregnancy Emergencies clinics - see our opening hours below. You do not need to see your GP or get a referral letter. We see patients on a first-come, first-served basis, but we give priority to those who are seriously unwell.

If you are pregnant and start to have pain and/or bleeding during a weekend or bank holiday, please go straight to the Emergency Department.

We do not accept routine referrals.

Opening hours
Monday: 9am - 12pm
Tuesday: 9am - 12pm
Wednesday: 9am - 12pm
Thursday: 9am - 12pm
Friday: 9am - 12pm
Closed on weekends and bank holidays.

External Resources

Research
As part of our research, we are one of many EPUs involved in the Progesterone in Spontaneous Miscarriage (PRISM) research trial. This tests the effectiveness of progesterone in reducing miscarriage rates in women with bleeding in early pregnancy. Find out about taking part at: www.medscinet.net/prism/

Location

Suite 8, Third Floor, Golden Jubilee Wing, Denmark Hill, London, SE5 9RS

Contact Details

  • Main Reception: +44 (0)20 3299 3168
  • Unit Administrator: +44 (0)20 3299 1702

Patient Information Leaflets

Conditions we treat

Our service treats:

  • pregnant women with pain or/and bleeding in early pregnancy up to 16 weeks
  • pregnant women with high risk of an ectopic pregnancy
  • non-pregnant women admitted to the hospital with acute pelvic pain,

Booking a patient at King's

Routine Referrals

We do not accept routine referrals.

Emergency Referrals

This is an emergency service for early pregnancy patients only. We do not accept walk-in gynaecology emergencies; these should be referred to the on-call gynaecology registrar.

GPs wishing to make a referral should complete the Early Pregnancy Unit (EPU) referral form below and hand it to the patient to bring with them, or email it to kch-tr.KCHReferrals@nhs.net.

Women should be asked to bring their referral letter to the Early Pregnancy Emergencies walk-in clinic between 9am and 12pm, Monday to Friday.

We also accept self-referrals.

Referral Forms

Please complete the relevant form and note any pre-consultation investigations required:

Key Clinical Staff

Name Job Title
Miss Jemma Johns Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist
Miss Jackie Ross Consultant Gynaecologist
Mrs Jane Rufford Consultant Gynaecologist
Dr Nurit Zosmer Associate Specialist in Early Pregnancy and Fetal Medicine