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Early Pregnancy Problem Clinic (EPPC)

We understand early pregnancy can be a worrying time. The Early Pregnancy Problem Clinic operates across both Craigavon Area Hopspital and Daisy Hill Hospital sites and is for women experiencing problems in pregnancy up to 16 weeks gestation.

Craigavon Area Hospital

In Craigavon Area Hospital we offer a newly extended service with the opening hours of 9am – 7pm Monday to Friday.

We are a specialist nurse-led service under the guidance of an Obs & Gynae Consultant and two Obs & Gynae Specialty Doctors.

We can see you with early pregnancy problems such as vaginal bleeding and abdominal pain.  We can also see you if you have attended the clinic before with a history of ectopic pregnancy, molar pregnancy and recurrent miscarriage.

You will see a nurse or a doctor (or both). You will usually be offered a scan on your tummy if you are over 10 weeks pregnant or internal scan if your pregnancy is earlier than that.

You may be asked for a urine sample or may require a blood test.  Some scans and tests may be inconclusive, so may require further appointments .

Many of the couples we see will be reassured that the pregnancy is going well.  Unfortunately, some couples receive bad news about the pregnancy. At those appointments we will talk to you and advise you how to manage a pregnancy that is not ongoing.

You can self-refer using this phone number 02837560293.  We run on an appointment service with referrals accepted from GPs, Community Midwives, Emergency Department and other Health Care Professionals.

The phone lines are monitored during opening hours and we appreciate patience as they are extremely busy.  There is no answering service.  When calling, your call will be logged by a member of the Admin staff and passed to the nurse for triaging and a call back.  If appropriate, an appointment will be offered.

Please note – we are unable to accept walk-ins.

We recognise that not all patients require a face to face appointment and our Specialist Nurses can offer advice over the phone or signpost you to other services.

You may bring someone with you to appointments.

Daisy Hill Hospital

 

IF YOU ARE EXPERIENCING HEAVY BLEEDING OR SEVERE ABDOMINAL PAIN OUTSIDE OF THESE HOURS, PLEASE CONTACT URGENT CARE OR PHONE FIRST OR ATTEND THE EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT.

 

Useful links:

  • Aching Arms – Provide help and support for people who have experienced the heartbreak of losing their baby, during pregnancy, at birth or soon after.

www.achingarms.co.uk Tel: 07464508994

  • Centred Soul (Newry) – A social enterprise which runs a PAILS (Pregnancy & Infancy Loss Support) Group once a month.

Website www.centredsoul.co.uk  Tel: 07719051393 Email: info@centredsoul.co.uk

  • Cradle – Pregnancy loss charity

Tel: 03334434630 Email: info@cradlecharity.org  Website: www.cradlecharity.org

  • Feileacain (The Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Association of Ireland) – Supporting anyone affected by the death of a baby during or after pregnancy (cross border)

Website: https://feileacain.ie/  Tel: 00353852496464 Email: admin@feileacain.ie

  • Joel Baby Loss Charity Supporting families through pregnancy and parenting after baby loss (UK)

Website: https://joeltcp.org/  Tel: 07591740287

  • Mariposa Trust– Provides services and support for people who have lost children at any stage of pregnancy, at birth, or in infancy, be it last week or 60-years ago.

Website: https://www.mariposatrust.org/  Tel: 03003231350 Email: info@mariposatrust.org

  • Miscarriage Association NI – Peer support Group (NI)

Website: www.miscarriageassociation.org.uk

  • SANDS (Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Charity) Supporting anyone affected by the death of a baby and promoting research to reduce the loss of babies’ lives. Support Group meetings held across NI

SANDS Regional Office: Magharee House, 82 Thomas Street, Portadown BT62 3NU

Website: https://northernireland.sands.org.uk/  NI Helpline 07740993450 Email: NorthernIreland@sands.org.uk

  • Tommys – Support, care for and champion people, no matter where they may be on their pregnancy journey

Website: www.tommys.org Tel: 08000147800

  • Twins Trust – Supports all parents and carers of twins, triplets or more who have died whether it was during or after pregnancy.

Website: https://twinstrust.org/bereavement.html

  • Little Forget Me Nots Trust – A charity that supports parents grieving the loss of a child, including pregnancy loss.
    Website: www.littleforgetmenotstrust.com
  • ‘Bereaved NI’ – Included as part of the new fully accessible website will be information relating to palliative care, pregnancy and baby loss, resources for children and young people, information for people who have been bereaved by suicide and those who have suffered a sudden or traumatic loss, as well as practical support including financial and legal advice

https://bereaved.hscni.net/


Contacts

Craigavon

Call us028 375 60293

Daisy Hill

Call us028 375 61638