Monday 25th October 2010
A ground breaking Woman's Health Unit has opened today at the Chesterfield Royal and hopes to change the way the hospital provides gynaecology nursing and medical care.
The unit will house the Early Pregnancy Assessment Unit (EPAU), day case gynaecology surgery and a number of out-patient procedures, bringing all of those services into one place and providing a faster and more specialised service.
Matron Claire Lambie-Fryer is proud of the unit, saying "It's an exciting time and offers a much more efficient and streamlined way of managing and caring for our female patients who can be seen and treated without needing a hospital stay.
"Once referred by their GP or community midwife, we will be able to assess the ladies quickly to see if they can be treated on the unit or if they need to be referred for surgery. If that's the case, then they will be treated on a surgical ward where the care will be more suited to their needs to allow the unit to concentrate exclusively on the day cases."
The unit will be open between 8am to 8pm to provide hysteroscopies, colposcopies between 9am to 5pm, emergency and GP referrals from 8am to 7pm and daily EPAU clinics.
There is also an out of hours provision for pregnancy related emergency referrals from GPs and midwives on Trinity ward and Barnes ward for other referrals.
"It's also about creating a female-friendly environment in which to provide more efficient care," explains Claire. "Privacy and dignity is an important factor and we sometimes have to deliver bad news and deal with very sensitive issues under difficult circumstances.
"We have a colposcopy unit that was recently referred to as 'the Gold Standard in the East Midlands' and we are delighted to be able to continue to offer that high level of care and treatment across our gynaecology and early pregnancy services."
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