Gynaecology

Early Pregnancy Assessment Clinic (EPAC)

This page gives you information about the Early Pregnancy Assessment Clinic at the RVI in Newcastle.

The clinic provides care and support for women who are between 6 and 12 weeks pregnant, and who have pregnancy symptoms such as:


Our services

EPAC is an outpatient clinic – this means patients will not need to stay with us overnight. At the clinic, women will have a consultation with one of our healthcare staff, and we’ll also carry out a vaginal ultrasound scan.

The consultation and ultrasound will help to establish the cause of the early pregnancy symptoms, and help us decide on the right care, support and management advice.

The ultrasound scan – which is considered safe to have in early pregnancy – will be an internal vaginal scan performed by an experienced Nurse Practitioner. Before the scan, women are asked to empty their bladder which helps us to obtain clearer resolution images of the early pregnancy and the surrounding structures.

At EPAC, we also provide routine screening for Chlamydia/Gonorrhoea – this is recommended by the Department of Health and involves taking a swab from the vagina.

Privacy and dignity

The patient’s privacy and dignity throughout the procedure is very important to us.

Patients may bring along a partner, family member or a friend for support in the consultation.

Staff you may meet

Clinics are delivered by Nurse Practitioners and supported by a health care assistant and reception staff.

You could also meet doctors who may perform your scan and provide advice if you need treatment. The Consultant who leads EPAC is Meenakshi Choudhary.

We are a teaching hospital, so we regularly have medical students, student nurses and midwives attending the clinic. We will ask your permission for the students to be present at your appointment.

Things you need to know

  • EPAC is open seven days a week from 8.00am until 4.00pm
  • EPAC is not a drop-in clinic - patients will need to ring EPAC to schedule an appointment to attend for a consultation, or be referred to us by another healthcare professional.
  • Women with early pregnancy problems can be referred by their GP or community midwife. We also accept referrals from the Emergency Department.
  • Disabled access and toilet facilities are provided.

How to find us

EPAC is located on Level 4 of the Leazes Wing, in the RVI Hospital in Newcastle. Follow the signs for Ward 40 – EPAC is at the entrance to the ward.

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How to get to the hospital

More information

Women who have experienced recurrent miscarriages, previous ectopic or molar pregnancy can refer themselves to EPAC. For more details, contact:

  • tel: 0191 282 5479
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