Background and methodology Many women seen in community sexual and reproductive health (SRH) clinics have gynaecological problems and a pelvic ultrasound scan forms part of their investigation. We present a retrospective analysis of 24 months' provision of a gynaecological ultrasound service in the Department of Sexual and Reproductive Health, Southwark Primary Care Trust, London, UK.
Results A total of 327 women attended for ultrasound examination; 258 required a pelvic scan and 69 had an Implanon®-related problem. Of the women analysed, 152 were managed entirely in the community; eight women required referral to gynaecological outpatients and five women needed an abdominal pelvic X-ray.
Conclusions We believe we have demonstrated that gynaecological ultrasound can be performed in the community. This seems to be acceptable to patients and also reduces the requirement for hospital appointments.
- community sexual and reproductive health clinics
- gynaecological ultrasound
- intrauterine device
- lost threads
- Accepted June 1, 2008.
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