Acute Gynaecology

Services available

  • diagnosis and management of women with post-menopausal bleeding
  • diagnosis and management of women found or suspected to have pelvic masses, such as fibroids and ovarian cysts.

Routine investigations
Patients will usually require an ultrasound scan of the pelvis in order to examine the womb and ovaries. This may be performed with a scan through the abdomen or an internal scan through the vagina using a special, slim probe. Some patients will require extra procedures such as biopsy samples from inside the womb, smear tests and swabs. 

Making an appointment
Women with suspected gynaecological cancer are seen within 2 weeks. Urgent referrals where cancer is not suspected are normally available within 8 weeks of referral. Patients should be referred to the service by their GP via The Electronic Referral Service (e-RS), directly from our ultrasound department or by other health professionals. We perform most investigations within the unit at the first visit.

How to contact us
For general enquiries, please telephone 020 8510 7861. We are based in Women’s Health Services, in Tuke Ward on the first floor of the East Wing Building. Patient access is from the front of the East Wing Building.

Frequently asked questions

Why have I been referred to the acute gynaecology clinic?
This clinic is a rapid service for suspected cancer. Your GP has referred you because they have concerns about your symptoms or the ultrasound department has found an unusual finding on your ultrasound scan and would like you to do further tests. This NHS system is designed to make sure that patients are seen quickly by a specialist team.
If you are referred as an urgent case you will be seen within 2 weeks of the referral. 
If you are referred as an routine case you will be seen within 8 weeks of the referral. 

Does this mean I have cancer?
Most patients referred to the clinic do not have cancer. They will non-cancerous (benign) conditions. 
However, we would like to find out what is causing your symptoms as quickly as possible to try to resolve them for you. 

What happens at the acute gynaecology clinc?
Once you arrive, you check in at reception. Please expect up to an hour waiting time for your appointment. The consultant will call you in for your consultation. You will usually require an ultrasound scan of the pelvis in order to examine the womb and ovaries. This may be performed through the abdomen. You may require an internal scan, this is through the vagina using a slim probe.
You may require extra procedures such as a biopsy sample from inside the womb, smear tests and swabs. Most investigations will take place within the unit in your first visit.