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Patient Factsheets

We have a wide range of information available and these may be given to you by members of staff to help explain your condition or care. Below you will find some of our most popular factsheets so that you can print them off and keep a copy.

Abdominal Hysterectomy

An operation in which the uterus is removed through a surgical incision made on the abdominal wall

Advice for mothers following the birth of their baby

This factsheet is designed to give mothers information on caring for themselves in the weeks and months following the birth of their baby

Alcohol and Pregnancy

If you're worried about alcohol consumption in pregnancy, read this factsheet


This factsheet describes what amniocentesis is, how it's performed, how long it takes to get the results and the associated risks

Anti D and Rhesus Negative - what it means

This leaflet contains important information which may affect your pregnancy if you are diagnosed as Rhesus Negative

Assisted Vaginal Delivery

Information for women who may need help delivering

Birthing Pool criteria

Find out here if you are eligible to use the birthing pool

Birthing Pool information

If you meet the criteria to use the birthing pool, here's what happens next

Botox Bladder Injections for the Overactive Bladder

Treatment information for patients


This factsheet contains information to help ensure that your breastfeeding experience is both successful and fulfilling.

Caesarean Section

What happens if you need to have a Caesarean section

Chorionic Villus Sampling (CVS)

Factsheet describing what CVS is, how it's performed, how long it takes to get the results and the associated risks

CISC (Clean Intermittent Self Catheterisation)

Instructions for patients who may need to learn to perform CISC if they have prolonged difficulty with bladder emptying after surgery or childbirth


This factsheet is for women who have been given an appointment for the Colposcopy Clinic.

Coombe Continence Questionnaire

For completion by patients before their first urogynaecology appointment


A procedure in which a small telescope is inserted into the bladder in order to visualise its interior

Day case Surgery - Instructions for the day of your procedure

The factsheet tells you what you should do to prepare yourself for day case surgery

Ectopic Pregnancy

This factsheet describes what an ectopic pregnancy is, and what causes it

Epidural information for maternity patients

Before asking for an epidural to help relieve your labour pains, you need to have read this important factsheet.

Exercise in Pregnancy

This factsheet explains how exercise helps a healthy lifestyle during pregnancy

Female Urinary Incontinence

A common bladder disorder of which there are three main types

Harmony Pre-natal Screening information

This factsheet explains why Harmony Screening is a simpler and safer blood test for mothers at risk of delivering a baby with a disability

Healthy Eating During Pregnancy

A well balanced diet is important for good health and variety is key. This factsheet contains information on healthy eating during pregnancy.

How to recognise the start of labour?

This information is designed to help recognise the beginning of labour, provide you with tips during early labour and help you decide when it's time to come to hospital.

Hydatidiform Mole

Factsheet for women who have been diagnosed with a molar pregnancy


An operation to remove the womb in one of three ways


A procedure which allows doctors to look inside the cavity of the womb

Induction of Labour

This information is designed to prepare you for induction of labour (see also How to recognise the start of Labour? under H)

Inpatient Surgery - Instructions for your hospital stay

This factsheet tells you what to do before coming into hospital for an operation

Intra-urethral injections for physical stress incontinence

Information for patients on the procedure

Labour and Birth

This factsheet has been designed to help women recognise the beginning of labour and decide when to come into hospital, as well as provide tips on staying at home during early labour


This factsheet explains why Laparoscopy is performed, and what you can expect to happen on the day


If you are due to have a Lletz procedure, this factsheet tells you why you need it and what will happen

Male and Female Sterilisation

This factsheet outlines basic information on sterilisation based on available evidence and current medical opinion.

Medical Management of a Miscarriage

Treatment information for women who have received a diagnosis of miscarriage

Medical management of an Ectopic Pregnancy

A factsheet outlining the treatment used to avoid surgery

Nuchal Translucency Screening (NTS)

This factsheet describes what NTS is, how the examination is performed and when the results are given.

Obstetric Referral Form for GPs

GPs should click here to download a referral form for completion.

Pregnancy of unknown location

Factsheet for women who have been told that it is not possible to confirm if their early pregnancy will continue or not


Prolapse of the womb and vagina may occur together or separately

Receiving a blood transfusion

Factsheet which explains what a blood transfusion is, why a patient may require one and answers other frequently asked questions.

Registering a birth

It is the duty of parents to regiaster the birth of their child. This fact sheet tells you what is needed.

Sexual activity after Hysterectomy

Factsheet for women who have undergone a hysterectomy.

Smoking and Pregnancy

Factsheet about smoking and pregnancy and how to start a quit plan.

Surgical Management of a Miscarriage

This factsheet contains important information for women who are undergoing surgery following miscarriage in early pregnancy

Surgical management of an Ectopic Pregnancy

This factsheet will explain the various operative procedures that are used to treat an ectopic pregnancy

T.C.R.E - Trans Cervical Resection of the Endometrium

A factsheet explaining what it is, why it's performed and what to expect on the day of admission

The 18 to 22 weeks ultrasound scan

This factsheet describes the benefits and limitations of the 18 to 22 weeks ultrasound scan as well as how the scan is performed.

The Postnatal Blues

This factsheet outlines the 'baby blues' and postnatal depression and their treatment.

Threatened Miscarriage

Information for women who experience bleeding during early pregnancy

Treatment for the Overactive (Unstable) Bladder

Treatment information for patients

Understanding Miscarriage

This factsheet is intended to help answer some of the questions women ask after they miscarry.


A specialised set of investigations designed to objectively measure bladder function

Vaginal Birth after Caesarean Section

Information for women who have had a previous Caesarean Section

Vaginal Hysterectomy for Prolapse

An operation performed for prolapse of the womb and often combined with a pelvic floor repair for associated prolapse of the vaginal walls

Vaginal Repair for Prolapse after Hysterectomy

Treatment information for patients

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