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Early Pregnancy Unit

What we do

The Early Pregnancy Unit (EPU) is an emergency service for pregnant patients.

We assess and treat:

  • pregnant women with pain or 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

If you are experiencing pain or bleeding and are up to 16 weeks pregnant, please call the EPU helpline on 020 3299 7232. We are no longer running a walk-in service.

Update to our service during COVID–19

The department is performing urgent scans only. Please call ahead before attending. You will have a telephone assessment with a nurse, and they will advise whether you should come into the hospital and the urgency of your symptoms. We will give you an appointment either on the day that you call or within a few days.

Please note that we give priority to those who are seriously unwell so you may have to wait after your appointment time.

The EPU helpline gets very busy and you may hear an engaged tone or the phone may be unanswered for longer than expected. Please keep trying if you are unable to get through.

If you have been referred by your GP, please ring the helpline before attending and bring your referral letter when you come for your appointment.

Helpline opening hours:
Monday to Friday: 8:30am to 5pm
Weekends and bank holidays: 8:30am to 12.30pm

If you are pregnant and start to have pain or bleeding outside of these hours then please go straight to the Emergency Department.

We do not accept routine referrals.

What to expect when you are assessed
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.

Treatment
Treatments available for miscarriage include: day surgery treatment under general anaesthetic, surgical management under local anaesthetic, outpatient medical management, and natural management.

Treatments available for ectopic pregnancies include: laparoscopic surgery, medical treatment with methotrexate, or natural management.

Further advice and support
A number of organisations give dedicated support and advice to people affected by issues such as miscarriage and baby loss:

Location

Suite 8, Third Floor, Golden Jubilee Wing, King's College Hospital, Denmark Hill, London, SE5 9RS

Contact Details

  • Main Reception: +44 (0)20 3299 3168
  • EPU helpline: +44 (0)20 3299 7232
  • Unit Administrator: +44 (0)20 3299 1702

Patient Information Leaflets

Conditions we treat

Update to our service during COVID–19

The department is performing urgent scans only. Please call ahead before attending. You will have a telephone assessment with a nurse, and they will advise whether you should come into the hospital and the urgency of your symptoms. We will give you an appointment either on the day that you call or within a few days.

Our service treats:

  • pregnant women with pain or 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

If you are experiencing pain or bleeding and are up to 16 weeks pregnant, please call the EPU helpline on 020 3299 7232. We are no longer running a walk-in service.

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.

Women should be asked to call the EPU helpline on 020 3299 7232 for a telephone assessment and to book an appointment. Women should bring their referral letter with them to their appointment.

We also accept self-referrals via the EPU helpline.

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