Early Pregnancy Assessment Service (EPAS) - 1 West

EPAS is a low risk clinic for pregnant women under 20 weeks who are experiencing problems in their pregnancy.

This may be bleeding, pain, hyperemesis or abnormal results relating to the pregnancy.

The care provided in EPAS will meet the clinical, emotional and social needs of the individual woman. Care is provided with honesty, respect, dignity and sensitivity.

A team approach includes a nurse and doctor who will consult.

Social Worker consultation is available, however may need to be arranged as a follow-up appointment.

IF YOU ARE HAVING HEAVY VAGINAL BLEEDING OR HAVE SEVERE LOWER ABDOMINAL PAIN PLEASE PRESENT TO YOUR NEAREST EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT OR PHONE 000 FOR AN AMBULANCE.

LOCATION: Level 1 Tower Block
Ward 1 West
St George Hospital
Gray Street Kogarah

Parking is available around the hospital or in Belgrave Street car park.

EPAS HOURS:
Monday- Friday (Excluding public holidays)
STRICTLY  7.30-8.30am (No appointment necessary)
Enquiries or telehealth bookings 9113 2667

REFERRALS: Emergency departments, GP or self-referral.

 

DURING THE COVID PANDEMIC

TELEHEALTH APPOINTMENTS ARE PREFERABLE IF YOUR CONDITION IS STABLE.

A CURRENT NEGATIVE COVID TEST RESULT IS REQUIRED IF POSSIBLE AND YOU ARE ATTENDING IN PERSON.

WHILST WE ARE AWARE THESE ARE ANXIOUS TIMES, WE KINDLY ASK THAT NO PARTNERS OR CHILDREN ATTEND DURING YOUR VISIT TO EPAS.

WHAT TO BRING:

  • Medicare card and /or Health fund card.
  • Any blood tests or ultrasound results relevant to the pregnancy.
  • Referral letter if available.

Your visit may take some time and you may be here for a several hours depending on your situation.

INVESTIGATIONS:

BLOOD COLLECTION is an important investigation for certain management. We will provide request forms for blood collection as required.

ULTRASOUND: This is an integral diagnostic tool when determining the cause of bleeding and pain in early pregnancy. A full bladder is NOT required. It is common for a trans-vaginal ultrasound to be performed, which is the most accurate way to assess early pregnancy. You may be referred to attend an external ultrasound facility.

RESULTS:

Once your investigations are available, the doctor will call to explain them to you. The options for further management will be discussed. Please do not hesitate to ask questions or request further explanation. Our clinicians are aware of your anxiety and concern.

FOLLOW-UP:

Will be with EPAS or your GP depending on your results.