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Gynaecology - John Radcliffe Hospital

The John Radcliffe Hospital Gynaecology Department is a large busy department based in the Women's Centre offering a wide range of women's health services.

March 2021 - COVID-19 update

From Monday 22 March 2021, we will follow the 'Rule of One' - our inpatients can have one visitor, for one hour, once per day.

If you are on one of our inpatient wards, please speak to staff on the ward about booking a visitor slot.

You may bring one support person with you for the following appointments only.

  • Early pregnancy scans at Rose Hill Early Pregnancy Assessment Unit
  • Early pregnancy scans at the Horton Radiology Department, supported by the Women's Day Case Unit
  • Diagnostic suite scans at the John Radcliffe Hospital outpatient department for fertility treatments
  • Emergency scans on the Gynaecology Ward at the John Radcliffe Hospital

We may ask support partners to wait outside until the exact time of the scan to avoid our waiting areas becoming too busy.

We will also screen them on arrival with a COVID-19 symptom check.

The department may have good cause to ask that a partner or support person does not come into the department in the event of immediate COVID changes or an emergency.

For more information on visiting during COVID-19, please see our visitors FAQ.

Our services

Our specialised nursing staff offer advice and knowledge in our wards and outpatient areas on general gynaecological conditions, as well as the following.

Colposcopy

This service is supported by a team of colposcopists.

Counselling

This service is for women needing support after termination / early loss of pregnancy or help coping with chronic gynaecological problems. A GP referral is required.

Counselling referrals

Early Pregnancy Assessment Unit (EPAU)

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.

Fertility

We see patients (male or female) who are having difficulty achieving a pregnancy, those with early menopause and women who wish to preserve their fertility whilst having cancer treatment.

Gynaecological cancer

A team of gynaecological oncologists and clinical nurse specialists plan and support the patient through the 'cancer pathway'. The Oxford University Hospitals is the cancer centre for the region.

Gynaecological cancer referrals

Endometriosis

The Women's Centre at the John Radcliffe Hospital is a national referral centre for the management of this debilitating and distressing condition, and in particular for severe cases. In collaboration with the Nuffield Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (University of Oxford) there are Consultant Gynaecologists leading in the surgical ('keyhole') and non-surgical management of pelvic pain and endometriosis.

Menopause Clinic

The Menopause Service is led by doctors who have a special interest in menopause care (GPs and gynaecologists).

Referral to the clinics is via GP or secondary care specialists.

Menstrual Clinic

To avoid repeated visits to the hospital and lengthy waiting times for investigations, women are able to have a scan, see a consultant, undergo a hysteroscopy if necessary and receive the results and plan of care immediately, all in a two hour appointment.

We also offer the same service for women suffering from post-menopausal bleeding (a GP referral is required).

Menstrual Clinic referrals

Pelvic Floor Clinic

This is a multidisciplinary clinic with urogynaecologists, physiotherapists and specialist nurses, which means it can quickly offer patients the appropriate treatment for their condition.

Pelvic Pain Clinic

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome Clinic

This clinic is staffed by reproductive gynaecologists and endocrinologists. The clinic will make a diagnosis and draw up a treatment plan to assist in managing this common and distressing condition.

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome Clinic referrals

Pre-operative Assessment Clinic

Staffed by a qualified nurse and a doctor, this clinic assesses patients pre-operatively to ensure they are fit for theatre.

Urogynaecology

This sub-specialty investigates conditions such as stress incontinence and continence related problems. Physiotherapists and clinical nurse specialists support this service.

Appointments

If you are unable to attend your allocated appointment and would like to change it, please call us.

Tel: 01865 221626

If you are having a planned surgical operation, you will need to attend the Pre-operative Assessment Clinic to ensure you are fit for an anaesthetic. An appointment will be sent to you automatically.

If you are unable to attend the appointment and wish to change it, then please telephone us: leave a message on the answerphone and your call will be returned.

Find us and contact us

Tel: 01865 221626

The Women's Centre is a separate building on the John Radcliffe Hospital site.

How to find the John Radcliffe Hospital

The entrance to the Outpatient Department and the ward areas is clearly signposted.

If you are unwell between your pre-operative assessment and your surgery date, please contact us to check if you are fit to come in for surgery. If you come in for surgery with a bad cold, you are likely to have your surgery cancelled.

Private patients

If you wish to attend the Women's Centre as a private patient then please let us know, as we do provide private facilities.

Alternatively, if you do not wish to be a private patient or subscribe to private health insurance, the Women's Centre offers an amenity bed scheme. This amenity bed scheme will guarantee you a single room if you desire extra privacy.

Private Healthcare

Patient information leaflets

For information about specific procedures, and what to expect when you are admitted to the ward, please see our patient information leaflet library:

Gynaecology information leaflets