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Early Pregnancy Assessment Units

Edey, Katharine MRCOG; Draycott, Tim MD, MRCOG; Akande, Valentine PhD, MRCOG

Clinical Obstetrics and Gynecology: March 2007 - Volume 50 - Issue 1 - p 146-153
doi: 10.1097/GRF.0b013e3180305ef4
First Trimester Pregnancy Complications

The advent of a 1-stop approach to managing women with early pregnancy problems led to the development of early pregnancy clinics. Such clinics progressed to providing a patient centered approach, minimising inpatient admissions while providing women with an early diagnosis of miscarriage or extrauterine pregnancy by a multiprofessional group of individuals with expertise in this area. The clinic structure, referral process, and ongoing challenges are discussed.

Department of Women's Health, Southmead Hospital, Bristol, United Kingdom

Correspondence: Tim Draycott, MD, Department of Women's Health, Southmead Hospital, Bristol BS10 5NB, UK. E-mail:

© 2007 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.