- What we do
- How to access and receive our services
- What to expect when you come to us:
- Gynaecology outpatients/ speciality clinics
- Emergency gynaecology
- Early pregnancy
- Termination of pregnancy service
- General gynaecology
- Ablative techniques
- Safety and security
- Our team
- Contact details
What we do
Our gynaecological services are delivered through outpatient clinics, inpatient and emergency services at various sites across the county. Day case gynaecological surgery is undertaken at Lincoln, Boston, Grantham, Louth and Gainsborough. Inpatient ward care is at Lincoln and Boston. A full range of investigations and procedures are available across site locations throughout the Trust.
How to access and receive our services
Referrals can be made by GPs, A&E, sexual health clinics or other health professionals. We do not have any clinics that you can refer yourself to.
If you are referred for early pregnancy assessment you will be contacted by nursing staff to discuss an appointment.
If you are referred to the termination of pregnancy clinic you will be contacted by adminstration staff with an appointment.
If you are referred by your GP for an investigation, procedure or as a gynaecology outpatient an appointment may be made by the ‘Choose and Book’ procedure.
If your GP has any concerns about the possibility of cancer they will refer via our rapid access, two week wait service.
If you have had an abnormal cervical screening test (smear) we are informed by the laboratory. You will receive an appointment from the hospital to come and see us in colposcopy.
If you are attending for a procedure you will be sent an information leaflet with your appointment.
We have access to translation line and leaflets in different languages, wheelchair access, step free access, disabled parking spaces, and assistance with RNID and hearing needs.
What to expect when you come to us:
Gynaecology outpatients/ speciality clinics
When you arrive at the outpatients department you may be able to use the self check in stand if available or advise the receptionist that you have arrived. You may have your weight and height recorded by nursing staff prior to seeing a doctor or nurse specialist. You will be asked about your general health, medication and your current problem, you may be examined with a nurse present. The doctor or nurse specialist will discuss, plan and arrange any investigations necessary that you may need. In some clinics you may be treated on the same day.
You may be referred to Branston Ward at Lincoln or 1B at Pilgrim by your GP or A&E for assessment. You cannot refer yourself. Sometimes your GP will have completed a letter for you to hand to the ward. We aim to see patients within 15 minutes for initial assessment and to be seen by medical staff within four hours. You might have to wait to be seen as you will be assessed by the doctor on call, who is also responsible for all emergencies within the maternity wing. If an ultrasound scan is required it is not always possible for this to be arranged on the same day.
Some clinics are held on wards, others in outpatient departments. You will be advised where to check in on your appointment letter.
Range of clinics
- Hysteroscopy and ablative/excisional treatments
- Post menopausal bleed clinic
- Gynaecology oncology
- Pelvic pain
- Vulval and Perineal assessment
- Early Pregnancy Assessment
- Recurrent miscarriage
- Termination of Pregnancy Service
Gynaecology clinics and speciality clinics are at Lincoln, Boston, Grantham, Louth and Gainsborough. There are weekly gynaecology satellite clinics at Sleaford, Spalding and Skegness. We work together with Trent Cancer Network and have Nottingham consultants in our clinics. Some surgery will only be undertaken at Nottingham.
Early pregnancy assessment is for women under 20 weeks pregnant. This service can be accessed for pain or bleeding in early pregnancy via your GP. GP’s leave a message on the early pregnancy answer phone and then you will be contacted by a member of the nursing staff with an appointment for scan and assessment. We aim to provide an appointment within 48 hours however, this is not always possible. If you are bleeding heavily or in severe pain your GP can refer you as an emergency to Branston Ward or 1B by contacting the doctor on call.
Termination of pregnancy service
Termination of pregnancy by tablet and pessaries (medical method) or by surgery is available within the Trust for pregnancies at 12 weeks and under. Referrals must be made by your GP to the termination of pregnancy service answer phone. You will then be contacted with an appointment. At your appointment you will have an ultrasound scan, counselling and choice of method, a blood test will be performed. You will be given a date and location for your selected method of termination.
For those counselled at Lincoln the surgical terminations are currently performed at Louth.
Further information can be found in the LINC support leaflet
- Pelvic pain
- Perineal repair
- Recurrent miscarriage
- Ovarian cysts
- Abnormal bleeding
For disabled access information about the gynaecology department at Pilgrim Hospital, Boston please see our AccessAble accessibility guide.
Light and magnification is used to look at the cervix. To assist diagnosis and treatment of the cervix following an abnormal cervical screening test (smear), in the prevention of cervical cancer.
For disabled access information about the colposcopy department at Grantham and District Hospital, please see our AccessAble accessibility guide.
A camera looks into the womb for diagnosis of abnormalities within the womb to detect abnormalities, polyps and heavy periods.
Mini- touch and thermochoice can be used in women who have completed their family in the treatment of heavy periods.
Your general practitioner has referred you and your partner to the fertility clinic and we would appreciate if you could kindly fill in the enclosed questionnaire and bring it with you to the appointment. It is important you bring this form with you when you attend the clinic answering all questions as much as possible. This is to enable us have a full understanding of your problem, the investigations and treatment you have had so far.
Blood tests and a range of investigations are planned to try and establish a cause for not becoming pregnant. Treatment can be given or referral to Nottingham if appropriate.
Investigations into bladder problems, a flow test is performed then a catheter inserted into your rectum and bladder which are connected to a monitor, fluid will be introduced, you will be asked to do a series of movements and the monitor analyses what is happening in your bladder. This helps establish the best method of treatment.
Sometimes medical students or nurses may be observing the clinic. If this is the case the nurse will ask you beforehand if you mind. Obviously doctors and nurses need to learn and this is an important part of their training. They will not be taking any part in your treatment, just observing. If you do not want to participate in their training please let the nurse know.
Safety and security
The main entrance doors to Branston ward and 1B are locked at times. Patients and visitors ring the doorbell and are spoken to via intercom to establish who they are and why they are coming into the ward, before they are allowed to enter. Please do not allow others to follow you onto the ward.
Our gynaecological service is led by a dedicated and highly skilled team of consultants and nurses, supported by teams of nursing, support and administrative staff who have expert knowledge in their particular field of gynaecological interest.
- Lincoln County Hospital: Branston Ward – 01522 573132 / 01522 573492
- Pilgrim Hospital, Boston: 1B – 01205 445431
- Lincoln County Hospital, Greetwell Road Lincoln LN2 5QY, 01522 573200
- Pilgrim Hospital, Boston, Sibsey Road, Boston, Lincolnshire PE21 9QS, 01205 445426
- Grantham Hospital, 101 Manthorpe Road, Grantham, Lincolnshire NG31 8DG, 01476 464740
- County Hospital, Louth, High Holme Rd, Louth, Lincolnshire LN11 0EU, 01507 600100 EXT 1247
- John Coupland Hospital, Ropery Road, Gainsborough, Lincolnshire, DN21 2TJ, 01427 816 500
- Skegness and District General Hospital, Dorothy Avenue, Skegness, Lincolnshire, PE25 2BS, 01754 762 401
- Johnson Community Hospital, Spalding Road, Pinchbeck, Spalding, Lincolnshire, PE11 3DT, 01775 652 000
- Laparoscopic Hysterectomy
- Abdominal Hysterectomy
- Vaginal hysterectomy
- Outpatient hysteroscopy
- Pelvic Floor Repair Operation
- Managing premenstrual syndrome (PMS)
- Your guide to male and female sterilisation
- Endometrial Ablation
- Treatment for symptoms of the menopause
- Polycystic ovary syndrome: what it means for your long-term health
- Skin conditions of the vulva
- Morcellation for myomectomy or hysterectomy
- Ovarian cancer
- Ovarian cysts before the menopause
- Acute pelvic inflammatory disease
- Pelvic organ prolapse
- Zoladex LA 10.8 mg Implant
- Intrauterine system (IUS)
- Visit the Patient symptom checker website
- Visit the NHS website for lots of useful information and advice about your health
- The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists website has lots of up to date information and advice
- FPA, the sexual health company provides advice and resources on sexual and reproductive health on its website
- The healthtalk.org website has lots of information and advice from others living with conditions
- The NHS website has a useful menstrual cycle animation
- The BASHH (British Association for Sexual Health and HIV) website is full of information and advice.
- The British Society for Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology website has lots of information around the prevention of cancer of the cervix.
- Information about cervical screening can be found on the government website.
- A cervical-screening video can be found on the NHS website
- Advice and support is available via the Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust website
- The Fertility Network UK website has lots of information and advice
- The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Association website offers information on UK fertility clinics, IVF and other types of fertility treatment
- Further information is available on the Menopause Matters website
- The Daisy Network website is a support group for women with premature ovarian failure
- Information about Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) is available on the Verity website
- Information about gynaecological cancers is available on the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists website
Useful websites for professionals:
- The Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Health at the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists website provides resources and guidance.
- The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists website provides guidelines for professionals
- The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence website has information about clinical pathways
- Information about the cervical screening programme can be found on the government website
- The Guidelines In Practice website has lots of useful information
- The British Association of Dermatologists website has further information about lichen sclerosus
- For information about the menopause visit the British Menopause Society website
- The BASHH (British Association for Sexual Health and HIV) website is full of information and guidelines