The Broken Hill Health Service is launching an Early Pregnancy Assessment Service (EPAS) for women experiencing complications in early pregnancy.
“The EPAS clinic is a discrete service which will provide medical care and emotional support for women faced with potential early pregnancy loss,” said Mrs Elizabeth Bennett, Broken Hill Hospital Midwifery Unit Manager.
Broken Hill EPAS is an outpatient clinic designed to care for women who are less than 20 weeks pregnant and are experiencing symptoms which may indicate a possible miscarriage or ectopic pregnancy such as vaginal bleeding and/or abdominal pain.
“The EPAS clinic will be run by a midwife who will conduct appointments, arrange necessary blood tests, ultrasounds, appropriate follow up and ongoing emotional support. Assessment and management of early pregnancy complications will be determined in consultation with an obstetrician,” said Mrs Bennett.
Women can self-refer to the EPAS by making an appointment through the Broken Hill Maternity Unit or they can be referred by their General Practitioner (GP) or the Emergency Department.
The EPAS is not available to women who are bleeding heavily, feeling dizzy, have severe abdominal pain, have collapsed or feel unwell. Women experiencing any of these symptoms require emergency treatment and should present to the Emergency Department or call 000 for an ambulance.
The EPAS will be available from 16 January 2017 by appointment only and the clinic will be located in the Sub Acute Rehab Unit of the Broken Hill Health Service.
For more information about the EPAS or to make an appointment, speak to your GP or contact the Broken Hill Maternity Unit directly on 08 8080 1386.