The Gynaecology service consists of:
Ward 23 – Gynaecology inpatient and day-case ward. Located on hospital route 224
Ward 26 – Gynaecology and Early Pregnancy and Gynaecology Assessment Unit. Located on hospital route 230
Gynaecology outpatient department. Located on hospital route 126
Gynaecology Easi-book/Pre-operative assessment Clinic. Located on hospital route 125
The gynaecology department aims to always provide the best care for all patients, ensuring that their privacy and dignity is addressed at all times. A friendly and caring atmosphere is provided within all settings to ensure that patients feel comfortable and put them at ease.
The service ensures that patients are involved in all aspects of their care and that any decisions made are with full and informed consent.
The department currently has nine consultants, many with a special interest. Patients may be seen by either a consultant or a doctor in training during their appointment who will refer to a consultant if advice is needed.
Gynaecology inpatients (Ward 23)
Ward 23 is a dedicated 24-hour gynaecology and breast inpatient ward for women who require admission due to gynaecological surgery, breast surgery, gynaecological conditions or as an emergency.
The clinic provides a comprehensive range of services for women including:
- managing menstrual disorders
- pelvic prolapses
There are also sub-specialities within the clinic. One-stop clinics are available for women with:
- long-standing, non-urgent gynaecological problems, such as heavy and/or painful periods and pelvic pain
- ovarian cysts
- uterine fibroids and polyps
- suspected ovarian or endometrial cancers
Treatments available include:
- Mirena IUS/ IUCD insertion or removal using ultrasound guidance
- endometrial ablation
- removal of endometrial polyps and small fibroids in an outpatient setting.
- Urogynaecology – which offers a range of investigations and management of female urinary incontinence.
- Colposcopy – offering investigations and treatments for women with abnormal smears.
- Gynaecology oncology (rapid access clinic) these clinics offer investigations and treatment to women suspected to have a gynaecological cancer.
- Urodynamics – an investigation on the bladder to test for stress incontinence, urgency etc.
The clinic also has clinical nurse specialists who run their own clinics in colposcopy, urogynaecology and gynaecology oncology.
Operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Visiting times are 10am – 7pm
Patients can self-refer if known to either Ward 26 (Gynaecology and Early Pregnancy and Gynaecology Assessment Unit) or Ward 23 (inpatient and day-case ward). Referrals are also taken from GPs, A&E or urgent care centres.