The Gynaecology Department provides a full range of emergency and elective gynaecology services.

We have a large team of dedicated and compassionate staff who will be able to help guide you in any of the following:

  • Management of menstrual disturbance and pelvic pain
  • Treatment and diagnosis of endometriosis
  • Management options for pelvic organ prolapse
  • Management of urinary incontinence
  • Management of infertility and recurrent miscarriage
  • Diagnosis and management of gynaecological cancer
  • Management of abnormal cervical screening within colposcopy
  • Management of vulval skin problems
  • Your sexual health and menopausal problems
  • Paediatric and adolescent gynaecological concerns
  • Early pregnancy complications
  • Emergency gynaecological complaints

We are a university teaching hospital and so during your visit to the department you may meet medical students and your care may be provided by one of our trainee doctors. We are also actively involved in many reasearch projects that you may be invited to hear more about.

Outpatient Department

Most of our outpatient services are located at the Lancaster Suite in the Maternity Building Level 6 of Derriford Hospital. Please report to the receptionist and make yourself comfortable in the seating area. A nurse or doctor will call you. Please make sure you allow enough time for car parking.

The infertility clinic is now located off site on William Prance Road and the paediatric/adolescent appointments are held in Children and Young Peoples Outpatient department on level 12.

You may wish to explore some patient information while you are waiting and there are links available on this website. Around the waiting area you will also see some QR scan codes for different patient information if you find this easier.

Early Pregancy Unit (EPU)

If you have problems during the first four months of your pregnancy, your GP can refer you to the EPU, usually within a couple of days. Highly trained and motivated staff will be able to offer ultrasound scans and complete care for you. 

Emergency Gynaecology Unit (EGU)

Our team has a service for emergency gynaecology concerns that don't require admission to the hosiptal but need urgent intervention or assessment. This is a specialist nurse led service with support from the on call medical team.


We have a team of gynaecologists and nurses who have a special interest in helping women with both urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse. We have nurse led pessary clinics, urodynamic testing and also offer out patient procedures for continence and bladder issues.

Oncology Service

Our specialist onco-gynaecologists work in a team with oncology, radiology and histopathology and are also supported by our specialist nurses. See our gynaecology cancer section for more information.

Fertility (IVF) / Reproductive Medicine

Our expert team will advise you if you need investigations and help with fertility at the Centre for Reproduction and Gynaecology which is located off site on William Prance Road. A full range of treatment options are available.

Out patient hysteroscopy and colposcopy

These minor procedures are generally carried out in the out patient department, further details can be found on the adjacent links. Many of our consultants and specialist nurses are involved in this service.

Specialist endometriosis clinic

We are are specialist centre for endometriosis and pelvic pain.

Paediatric and adolescent gynaecology

Our younger patients are seen on level 12 by a small team generally including gynaecologisy consultants along with a paediatric consultant and one of our nurses.

Daycase Surgery

This service is available for women who need a general anaesthetic for minor procedures like hysteroscopy and laparoscopy (keyhole surgery). Most of these procedures will be performed at Derriford hospital in the main theatre suite but some operations are performed at Tavistock hospital. You can also choose to have your hysteroscopy (look inside the womb with a small telescope) and some other minor procedures done in a special outpatient clinic at the Lancaster suite.

All of our gynaecologists are involved with this service.

Inpatient Services

Most of our patients who need to spend the night in hospital generally stay on the Ocean suite on level 6. Our ward has been newly refurbished and has a team of dedicated gynaecology nurses to provide care and support to these women who need to be admitted to the hospital.

Guidelines and leaflets

The guidelines for our staff can be found on beacon and the leaflets can be found under each of the releveant services on the left side of the page (available soon).

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