Local women experiencing complications in early pregnancy can seek help from the Early Pregnancy Assessment Service (EPAS) at the Broken Hill Hospital.
“The EPAS is a holistic, woman-centred service which provides medical care and emotional support for women faced with potential early pregnancy loss,” said Ms Alison Isaacs, Broken Hill Hospital Maternity Unit Manager.
Broken Hill EPAS was launched early 2017 and 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 is run by a midwife who conducts appointments, arranges necessary blood tests, ultrasounds, medical follow up and provides ongoing emotional support. Assessment and management of early pregnancy complications is determined in consultation with an obstetrician,” said Ms Isaacs.
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.
Women who are bleeding heavily, feeling dizzy, have severe abdominal pain, have collapsed or feel unwell require emergency treatment and should present to the Emergency Department or call 000 for an ambulance. The EPAS midwife can still provide ongoing care and emotional support in these situations.
The EPAS is available on weekday mornings by appointment only and the clinic is located in the Sub Acute Rehab Unit of the Broken Hill Health Service for privacy and comfort.
For more information about the EPAS or to make an appointment, contact the Broken Hill Maternity Unit directly on 08 8080 1386.