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Community Early Pregnancy Assessment Unit (EPAU) at Rose Hill

The Early Pregnancy Assessment Unit (EPAU) is a community service which cares for women who are in the early stages of pregnancy and experiencing pain, bleeding or other problems relating to their pregnancy.

Our nurses and medical staff are employed by the Gynaecology Department at the Women's Centre, John Radcliffe Hospital.

If you are not pregnant we cannot see you at EPAU. If your pregnancy test is negative, please visit your GP or Pharmacy for further advice.

If you are bleeding heavily (having to change your sanitary pad more than once an hour) or experiencing a lot of pain, please go straight to A&E at your nearest hospital.

Coming to EPAU

August 2020 - guidance on support people at scans

You must have an appointment before attending EPAU: it is important that we understand your concerns and ensure you receive the right care.

Please contact us to arrange an appointment.

If you are experiencing a problem your GP can refer you to EPAU, but you do not need to visit your GP before contacting the clinic.

You do not need to have a letter from your GP or any other healthcare professional.

We may have to turn away women without an appointment, as EPAU may not be the most appropriate place to care for them.

When you call EPAU we will take your details and a specialist nurse will then call you back to find out more about your history. If we think you need a face to face appointment, we will book this in for you.

Opening hours

Monday to Friday 8.00am - 6.00pm
Rose Hill Community Centre

We also hold a clinic of pre-booked appointments at the John Radcliffe Hospital at the weekend.

Your appointment

We will aim to see you as quickly as possible, but there are some times when we are very busy, so please allow up to three hours for your appointment.

If you have children you will need to arrange childcare or bring someone with you who can look after them during your appointment.

If possible please bring a urine sample in a clean, secure container: we will test your urine when you arrive.

After an initial assessment by a specialist nurse, we may do some tests such as:

  • a physical examination, for example feeling your abdomen or an internal examination using a speculum (much like having a smear test)
  • an ultrasound scan using an internal vaginal probe
    (you will need to have a full bladder; there is drinking water in the waiting area)
  • blood tests.

Please do not talk on your mobile phone inside the Unit: you can make calls in the communal area within the building.

Find us and contact us

Rose Hill Community Centre
Carole's Way
Rose Hill
Oxford OX4 4HF

Tel: 01865 221142
Monday to Friday 8.00am - 6.00pm

Outside of these hours please call the Gynaecology Ward: 01865 22200/2

Rose Hill is served by number 3 bus routes from Oxford City Centre.

Patient information and support

To ensure that we offer you up-to-date information we use leaflets written by recognised associations specialising in all aspects of pregnancy loss.

For more information about miscarriage, treatment options available and the time following a miscarriage, please visit the websites listed below.

Our team of specialist nurses is available via the phone for support and information.

We also have an early pregnancy loss counselling service - please call us for details.

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