Women who suspect they are suffering a miscarriage or ectopic pregnancy should have dedicated services including a 24 hour hotline, suggest new guidelines by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE).
The report, published today, recommends that women who experience bleeding or pain in the first trimester have an early pregnancy assessment service made available to them seven days a week.
This specialist service should offer a scanning facility within one day of the women seeking help, which can then lead to diagnosis and pregnancy management plan.
The guidance also outlined a need for a round-the-clock contact telephone number, offering advice and information relating to miscarriage and ectopic pregnancy.
Professor Mark Baker, Director of the Centre for Clinical Practice at NICE has commented, “It can be very distressing and in some cases, frightening to experience miscarriage or be told that your pregnancy is ectopic.
“It’s vital that women and their families receive good, consistent, timely and effective care and support that addresses their needs and enables them to make informed decisions.”