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The Gynaecology Outpatients Department is based on the ground floor of the Maternity Unit at St. Mary's Hospital. 

Referral to the service is arranged via your GP or another consultant where specialised diagnosis for various Gynaecological conditions is required.

The Gynaecological clinics held run from 08:30 hrs – 17:00hrs  (Monday – Friday) and are:

  • Colposcopy - a medical diagnostic procedure to examine the cervix and tissues of the vagina and vulva
  • Hysteroscopythe inspection of the uterine cavity by endoscopy with access through the cervix.
  • Oncologymanagement of gynaecological cancers.
  • Fast Trackinvestigative for potential gynaecological cancers
  • Fertilityinvestigations into fertility issues.
  • Urogynaecologymanaging female urinary incontinence.
  • Urodynamicsan investigation on the bladder to investigate the causes of incontinence.
  • Pessary clinicsspecialised clinics for the removal /change of vaginal pessaries
  • Minor procedure clinicsspecialised clinic to treat minor surgical problems

The Early Pregnancy Assessment Unitoffers a consultation and vaginal scan when required to investigate symptoms of threatened miscarriage and Ectopic Pregnancy. This service is available for women who are 6-12 weeks pregnant.


The Consultation

This will be your 1st visit to one of the clinics. It will help if you can think, in advance, about your medical history and have the following details ready.

  • Previous medical history
  • Previous Gynaecological history
  • Present symptoms
  • Present course of treatment including the medication you are taking

Although the Consultant’s name may be on your appointment letter you may be seen by another Doctor who is part of the team and will discuss your care with the Consultant if required.

As you are attending the department with a Gynaecological problem it is highly likely that you will receive an internal examination. There will be a female nurse present as a chaperone throughout the examination, and will support you through this. All examinations are carried out in an enclosed private room. It is our aim to ensure that we respect your privacy and dignity throughout your appointment. If you have any problems with the examination please let the clinic nurse know as she will be able to support you and answer your questions.


Medical Staff

Sometimes medical students, GP trainees or student nurses will be in attendance during your appointment as this forms part of their training. If this is against your wishes please let the clinic nurse know.


Cancelling appointments

If you are unable to keep your appointment please ensure you give at least 24 hours notice so that we can offer it to someone else. Cancelling appointments on the day or failing to attend appointments without prior notice may mean that you will have to be seen by your GP again and be re- referred; causing you delay in receiving treatment.


Waiting to be seen

We try to ensure that you are seen at your appointment time. Occasionally there are times, beyond our control, when there are delays. If this happens the nursing and reception staff will endeavour to keep you informed of the clinic's progress.

Please do not attend more than 15 minutes prior to your appointment as you will not be booked in and may have a long wait. You may notice that other patients are being called in ahead of you. This is because there are many other clinics running at the same time. If you have any concerns please ask at the reception staff.


After your appointment

If you have any questions regarding your appointment or there is anything you did not understand, please speak to the nurse before you leave. We appreciate that sometimes patients have questions after their appointments. If this is the case, please ring our faculty clerks on (01983) 534197 and a nurse will ring you back as soon as possible.

Please remember to make your follow up appointment at the reception desk, if required, before you leave.

And finally, please book in at the reception desk on the ground floor for gynaecological, EPAU and Consultant Antenatal appointments for every appointment you attend with us.

For all scan appointments please book in at the Maternity Reception Desk on the 1st floor. The entrance located at night, is the side door up the hill, towards Children’s Ward and is 1st turning on the right.


Contact Us:

The Gynaecological Outpatients Clinic
St Mary’s Hospital
Parkhurst Road
Isle of Wight
PO30 5TG

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