The Gynaecology Emergency Department (GED) is a specialist A&E unit for women who need emergency care of an acute gynaecological problem (problems related to the female reproductive system) or self-referral of women having a problem in early pregnancy (up to 19 weeks and 6 days gestation), such as pain, bleeding or severe vomiting.
If you are not pregnant but have abdominal pain or vaginal bleeding, you can attend this unit if you feel your case is an emergency, otherwise you should call 111 for further advice or see your General Practitioner (GP) to be assessed and they can discuss your case with the on-call gynaecology team if required.
All other emergencies should attend a general accident and emergency department.
Opening hours and Directions
Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
This service is run from 2 locations within the hospital, if you need to attend 7am to 7:30pm please attend to Gynaecology Emergency Department on the ground floor. If during the evening and overnight from 7:30pm to 7am please attend the Maternity Assessment Unit on the first floor directly above the Gynaecology Emergency Department.
Please note you will still be seen by our Gynaecology Team of Nurse practitioners and Doctors on the Maternity Assessment Unit between 7:30pm to 7am.
Before coming to the unit
It is often a good idea to have the support of a partner, close friend or relative. However, we have limited space in our waiting area, so please only bring one person with you. If you need to bring your children with you, please try to contact a relative or friend as soon as possible to come and take care of them for you. You may not be feeling well and need help to look after them and you may have a wait of up to 4hrs if the department is busy.
At the unit
We are classified as a Type 2 Accident and Emergency (A&E) service, which means that you may be in the department for up to four hours.
Our triage nurse will see and assess you, ask you some questions and make sure you are in the right department for your needs. If not you may be guided to attend your GP.
At triage you will have some observations recorded and possibly some investigations for example urine or blood test. You will then need to wait to be seen by one of our specialist Emergency Nurse Practitioners (ENP) or a doctor.
Please be aware that you are seen according to your clinical need not the time when you arrive.
When attending the Maternity Assessment Unit at night, this is a mixed assessment area, some patients will be attending a different care team and again you may see them being attended to before you.
The nurse or doctor will ask you about your problem and perform any necessary examinations or tests, e.g. a vaginal examination and/or blood tests.
The nurse or doctor will then:
- Decide you are able to safely go home or require admission
- Arrange a follow-up appointment in a GED Clinic / EPAU
Unless you ask us not to, we will send your GP information about the care we have given you.
When you go home
If you feel unwell when you go home and you feel your symptoms have become worse, then you can re attend the department for clinical assessment at any time or call 0151 702 4140. This line is attended but at busy times there may be a wait, we endeavor to answer your call as soon as possible (please note, the call line does not inform you that you are in a queue).
After your first visit you may be given a follow-up appointment, if so, please come at the time given to you. Please note that whilst we make every effort to see you at the appointed time, it is not always possible if there are unwell or upset patients needing to be seen urgently.
You need to come to this appointment, even if you feel your symptoms have settled. This is to allow us to complete your care pathway and either discharge you or provide any ongoing care.
If you fail to attend we will call you by phone and invite you to return the call if you don’t answer.
If we receive no return call we will discharge you back to the care of your GP.
If you have had blood tests, we will tell you when you can expect the results. A member of our nursing team will call you once the result is available with your management plan. It is important for you to call us if you miss our call to prevent a delay in your treatment.
If you have had urine samples or swabs sent for analysis we will write to you and your GP if treatment is required. We ask that you please do not ring the department for these results as they will not be given out over the phone.