What is Early Pregnancy Assessment Unit (EPAU)?
The EPAU specialises in assessing pregnancy issues in women during the first 16 weeks of pregnancy. This service is available by appointment.
When should you use EPAU services?
What to expect at an EPAU appointment?
A specialist doctor will assess your condition and you may be offered an ultrasound scan. A vaginal examination and/ or blood tests may also be needed for a complete review.
Sometimes, a pregnancy may be too small to be seen via the ultrasound. It may take a few days or a few weeks to detect a heartbeat, depending on how early you are in your pregnancy at the time of visit. This means that it may not be possible for us to provide you with a clear diagnosis immediately, and you may need another ultrasound scan at a later date.
How long will the appointment take?
It depends on your clinical condition. Upon the doctor’s review, additional blood tests or a more detailed ultrasound may be arranged for you. This can add to the length of time you spend at the hospital, as you may need to wait for the test results. Please come prepared to spend two to three hours at the EPAU.
If you have the following symptoms:
Please seek immediate medical attention at the Urgent O&G Centre, Women’s Tower Basement 1, or your nearest hospital emergency department.
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