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Gynaecology

Gynaecology is the branch of medicine that deals with disorders of the woman’s reproductive system. We deal with various women’s health problems including early pregnancy ones. The doctors in the department are also obstetricians and so work closely with the midwives in the maternity department. There are up to eight women’s health beds on the second floor of the hospital next door to the maternity ward. The gynaecology clinics take place on the same floor and are shared with the antenatal clinics and the pregnancy scanning department. Patients who are undergoing day case surgery are admitted to the day case ward on the ground floor.

There are seven consultants and 11 middle-grade and junior doctors supported by five secretaries and other administrative staff. The nursing team is led by Sister Lloyd and includes Clinical Nurse Specialists Amy Williams and Lesley Williams.

Much of our work is general gynaecology but specialist clinics are held in the following areas:

  • Colposcopy – for patients who have abnormal smears.   

  • Endometrial assessment clinics  - for patients who have abnormal bleeding or bleeding after the menopause. Usually a scan is performed and a biopsy taken from inside the womb.

  • Hysteroscopy clinic – this allows the doctor to look inside the womb with a very fine telescope. It is used to help us diagnose and treat patients with irregular, heavy or unexpected bleeding.  Sometimes a small polyp can be removed.

  • Urodynamics – for the assessment of ladies troubled with urinary problems.

  • Termination of pregnancy clinic – if you are under 8.5 weeks pregnant your GP or Family Planning Clinic can refer you in to see a nurse who can counsel you and arrange this procedure if you decide that this is the best action for you. 

  • Joint Gynaecological Cancer Clinic – Held in the Macmillan Renton Unit a consultant from Hereford works alongside (jointly) with two specialist colleagues from Cheltenham (Dr Audrey Cook – oncologist and Mr Rob Gornall – Surgeon) to provide this specialist service. This clinic is also supported by Karen Gow our Gynae-oncology Clinical Nurse Specialist.

  • Early Pregnancy Assessment Unit – if you have bleeding or significant pain between six and 18 weeks of pregnancy you may be directed to this unit. You will be seen by a nurse and usually a scan is performed. The results of any tests will be explained to you and a plan agreed.   

Gynaecology Assessment Area

The Gynaecology Assessment Area is based on the Women’s Health Ward at Hereford County Hospital.  Women with acute gynaecological conditions such as bleeding/pain in early pregnancy, acute gynaecological pelvic pain or cysts referred by their GP or the emergency department will be seen. Following assessment patients may be discharged with treatment or follow up, admitted for a short period of observation or further management’

 

 

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Contact Details

Mr Rob Smith
Consultant 
Secretaries: 

Miss Hiba Al-Hadith
Consultant locum
Secretaries:

Mrs Moji Oniah
Consultant
Secretary: Christine Claassens     Christine.claassens@wvt.nhs.uk

Mrs Amber Tahir
Consultant 
Secretary: Sue Fleckney  
Sue.fleckney@wvt.nhs.uk
01432 364129

Mr Mike Cohn
Consultant 
Secretaries: 

Mr Hamza Katali
Consultant
Secretary: Christine Claassens
Christine.claassens@wvt.nhs.uk
Tel: 01432 364407

Mrs Dr Thirumagal Bavananthan
Consultant
Sue Fleckney
Sue.fleckney@wvt.nhs.uk
01432 364129 

Nurse manager
Rebecca Lloyd
01432 372963

Womens Health Ward
01432 364110

Womens Health Outpatients
01432 372951

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