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Early Pregnancy Assessment Unit (EPAU)

The Early Pregnancy Assessment Unit (EPAU) is a nurse-run,
consultant-led unit located at Junction 5 within the York Teaching Hospital.

Opening Times

Monday to Sunday 08:00 to 13:00

Contact us

Patients already under the care of the early pregnancy assessment unit (EPAU) may contact the team through the following number: 01904 726489


The unit does not take self-referrals or walk-ins, if you are not under the care of the EPAU, please contact your GP or other healthcare professional.

GPs, A&E and other health services may refer to this unit by contacting the early pregnancy assessment unit directly or via switchboard. 


Reviews are by appointment only and we have capacity of up to 7 people per day.
While we aim to see you at your appointment time there may be a delay if an emergency comes up.

Referral Criteria

  • To be referred to the early pregnancy unit you must have a positive pregnancy test and:
  • A gestation (pregnancy) greater than 6+0 weeks and up to 16+0 weeks (based on last menstrual period or ultrasound scan)


  • Pelvic pain (which settles with rest/use of simple analgesics) and/or
  • Mild or moderate bleeding

What we do

The Early Pregnancy Assessment Unit is a nurse-run, Consultant led clinic. We see women who are referred by their GP or other doctors with symptoms of vaginal bleeding and/or pelvic pain in early pregnancy (between six and sixteen weeks).

When you first arrive please report to reception. You can bring up to one other person with you.  You will be seen and assessed by a Nurse and asked about your symptoms and past medical history.

You will be asked to produce a urine sample if you haven't brought one with you. This is so that we can perform a pregnancy test and check for markers of urine infection.

The nurse will then see you and refer you for a pelvic ultrasound scan in the unit if indicated. This scan is both external (through the stomach) and internal (through the vagina).

Once you have had your scan the nurse will see you with the result and inform you of further management.  This may include:

  • doing further blood tests
  • doing a further scan on another day at the unit
  • to contact the unit for your blood results
  • discharge you back to your GP
  • Do a pregnancy test in a few weeks
  • admitting you to our gynaecology ward for further investigation and/or treatment

01904 726489

Women's Unit Reception
01904 721551

Mon to Sun
0800 - 1300

EPAU Reception


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Blood taking, York Hospital

Due to COVID-19, from Monday 6 April the Phlebotomy service at York Hospital outpatient department will be closed until further notice.

We will continue to offer a blood taking services for patients who have urgent bloods requests only, at the nearby Nuffield Hospital. The urgency will have been identified during your medical appointment. Please access the Nuffield Hospital via the main reception and from there you will be directed to Phlebotomy. Please take a seat and wait to be called.

Patients who have routine blood test for yearly check-ups should not attend. Instead, please contact your GP to request an appointment at the GP surgery for your bloods to be taken.

Maternity services

If you are due to have a baby, please visit our website for up to date information about maternity services at this time

Haematology and Oncology services

With effect from Monday 6 April there will be temporary changes to the Haematology and Oncology services at Scarborough and York Hospital.  These decision have been made on the grounds of patient safety in the current coronavirus pandemic.  Find out more here.

Visiting cancelled

Due to the increasing number of cases of coronavirus across the UK, York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust has made the decision to cancel all visiting to all its hospital sites in order to ensure the safety of patients and staff.

There are three exemptions to the ruling which are for one parent of a sick child under 18, for the partner of a woman giving birth and end of life patients at the discretion of the ward sister.

We would ask people to respect this decision and to treat our staff, who will be enforcing the visiting restrictions, with courtesy and respect.  For more information visit our website.

Outpatient appointments

We know that NHS services will come under intense pressure as the coronavirus spreads, and as a Trust we need to redirect staff, free up staff for refresher training and carry out any works as necessary, so we are able to maximise capacity for patients for when the number of infections peak.  We also need to reduce the number of people coming into our hospitals to protect our patients, as well as keeping our staff safe, well and able to come into work.

To do this, with effect from Tuesday 24 March 2020, along with other trusts in the Humber Coast and Vale partnerships, we have made the collective decision to suspend all non-urgent routine outpatient appointments for at least three months.  Urgent and emergency cases and cancer appointments will be carrying on as normal.

These are unprecedented times and we thank you for your understanding.  We know many people waiting for treatment will be disappointed or worried but please not contact the hospital as we will be contacting everyone directly affected in the coming days and weeks.

If you do not receive a letter or a phone call from the hospital, please turn up for your scheduled appointment as normal unless you have symptoms of coronavirus, a cold, flu or norovirus in which case you should contact us to cancel your appointment by clicking here.