Gynaecology at Circle Reading Hospital

Our gynaecology service provides expert care for a broad range of conditions in our dedicated women’s health unit. The women’s health unit provides discreet consultations with flexible appointment times.

We strive to give our patients a unique understanding of their condition and management options, as well as full control over their condition. We also provide follow-up appointments scheduled to monitor changes to conditions and to allow alterations to management plans when indicated.

Any investigations are able to be scheduled with no waiting lists and are carried out with the very latest technological innovations.

Our consultant gynaecologists are among the leading doctors in the UK in their field and have extensive experience in surgical and non-surgical treatment options.

When needed, our consultants are able to liaise with other medical specialties within our service for further opinions. This approach to care leads to the very best clinical outcomes for our patients.

Gynaecology refers to the area of medicine which diagnoses and treats conditions related to the female reproductive system. Specifically, gynaecology may manage conditions related to menstrual problems, cancers or pelvic pain.

Gynaecological conditions may be secondary to genetic disorders, lifestyle factors, transmitted diseases or the menopause and some gynaecological conditions are caused by the ageing process itself.

Diagnostics related to medical conditions can involve screening tests (commonly referred to as a smear test), specialist imaging or physical examinations which may involve specialist instrumentation. Lab and pathology-based diagnostics may also be requested, with tissue extracted for biopsy depending on the exact nature of symptoms.

Women’s heath units also deal with the diagnostics and management of pregnancy, known as obstetrics.

Obstetrics can involve strategies and treatments to aid fertility in the first instance, as well as diagnosing pregnancy through blood tests and scans.

Once pregnancy is confirmed, obstetric medicine deals with the monitoring of the foetus, planning for birth and managing the birth itself.

Gynaecological medicine also manages treatments for sterilisation for women who request this.

Although much of gynaecological and obstetric medicine is concerned with non-surgical management of women’s health conditions and pregnancy, gynaecologists also manage surgical options.

Surgery may be offered to remove abnormal cells detected with smear tests; to remove ovarian cysts; a hysterectomy is another common surgical procedure offered to women for a variety of medical reasons along with the repair of prolapses after pregnancy.

Initial consultation

Our consultant gynaecologists will gain a full understanding of your problem by taking a thorough history of your symptoms and getting a better understanding of their exact nature.

This may include the severity and type of pain you may be experiencing as well as any associated symptoms, such as changes to your menstrual cycle or general health symptoms, such as fatigue.

Your gynaecologist will also gain an understanding of your previous medical history including any family history of similar symptoms or gynecological and related conditions. This will allow our gynaecologists to develop an accurate risk profile for your individual circumstances and request the most appropriate diagnostic tests as required.

State-of-the-art diagnostics available for you

Following your initial consultation our expert gynaecology consultants may organise a variety of tests and diagnostic procedures:

  • Blood tests
  • Urine tests
  • Ultrasound scans
  • MRI scans
  • Urodynamic studies
  • Internal examination with a camera (known as diagnostic colposcopy)

A diagnostic colposcopy is a procedure used to examine possible abnormal cells to the cervix and is performed by inserting a device known as a speculum into the vagina to allow visibility of the area by the gynaecologist.

Some medical fluid may be used to identify any abnormal cells further and if needed, your gynaecologist will take a tissue biopsy for lab based analysis.

When attending our women’s health unit due to pregnancy or possible pregnancy, our consultants will conduct a physical examination. We will also organise relevant ultrasound imaging which will be either a viability, anomaly or growth scan, depending on the circumstances.

The right treatment for you, always

Our women’s health unit offers comprehensive treatment options for the following gynaecological conditons:

  • Vaginal wall prolapse
  • Pregnancy diagnosis and monitoring
  • Sexually transmitted diseases
  • Menopause and related conditions
  • Ovarian cysts and masses
  • Fibroids
  • Endometriosis
  • Abnormal menstrual cycle or bleeding
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Pelvic inflammatory disease
  • Pregnancy diagnosis and monitoring

Depending on your exact circumstances, there may be a variety of pharmacological, non-surgical procedures and surgical treatment options available.

Our gynaecological consultants will present the specific benefits against any possible side effects of all of the available treatment options and give you full control over your treatment.

If any surgical treatment is considered, we schedule pre-operative assessment screens where our specialists check vital signs and provide detailed advice concerning the operative procedure.

Our women’s health unit draws on the experience of many leading doctors in this field. Each of our consultants bring their own unique expertise and as a team we are able to provide the full spectrum of diagnostics and treatments.

Our services cover fertility solutions, care for women during pregnancy, medical screening tests as well as treatment for all medical conditions related to the female reproductive system. 

All of our screening, diagnostic procedures and treatments may be booked immediately following a consultation and all utilise the very latest in imaging, pathology and interventional technology.

Peace of mind for you

We appreciate that undergoing necessary diagnostic interventions and treatment for gynaecological disorders can be a stressful experience. Circle Health plans and carries out thousands of appointments and medical interventions each week.

Based on our experience, we have developed an excellence in both clinical and non-clinical care in order to relieve your worries and to allow streamlined patient journeys from appointments to diagnostics, treatments and any onward referrals to other specialties.

To support our expert gynaecology consultants, our team also includes specialist nurses who may lead diagnostic scans such as vaginal ultrasound scans and other pregnancy-related diagnostics. Circle Health expert radiology consultants provide further opinion concerning imaging as required.

Expert support and advice

Our post-surgical care involves careful monitoring by our expert doctors and nurses and after discharge home, our women’s health team are supported by specialist women’s health physiotherapists. In cases where pelvic pain or pelvic floor weakness is an issue, we can offer expert guidance and treatment through our outpatient physiotherapy department.

Not only is our gynaecology clinical care second to none, your treatment will be conducted in a modern, clean facility which you are able to feel comfortable in throughout your treatment.

To arrange your consultation with an expert in women’s health, contact our friendly team today who will be delighted to help.

Fast track your treatment

Just enter your details below and we'll ring you to provide a quote or answer your questions.

We will use your personal information to process your enquiry and contact you with relevant information. For further information, please see our website privacy policy.

Fast track your treatment

Just enter your details below and we'll ring you to provide a quote or answer your questions. We will use your personal information to process your enquiry and contact you with relevant information. For further information, please see our website privacy policy.

0118 922 6888

Circle Reading Hospital, 100 Drake Way, Reading, RG2 0NE

Good

Overall rating 16th November 2016