Overview

Gynaecologists at Epworth medically treat numerous conditions effecting female reproductive organs, performing surgery if and when required.

Conditions treated include:

  • Advanced laparoscopic surgery
  • Benign gynaecological conditions
  • Endometriosis
  • Gynaecological cancers
  • Incontinence
  • Infertility
  • Investigative procedures

Endometriosis Support Group

The Endometriosis Support Group was created in response to a need expressed by patients of the Epworth Women's Health Unit. Endometriosis affects approximately 1 in 10 Australian women, yet there are very few support options available

Epworth Freemasons hosts an endometriosis support group each month, to discuss coping strategies, treatment and information on living with endometriosis.

The support group provides a positive environment for women to exchange ideas. The group is open to all women, whether they are Epworth patients or not.

The group meets bi-monthly on the last Monday of the month at 7:00pm.

Contact:

Wendy Dawson
Phone: 03 9483 3687
Email: [email protected]

Referring to Gynaecology

Our patients are at the centre of everything we do.

Our Find a Doctor directory allows you to contact an Epworth accredited specialist for your GP to refer you to.

A referral from your GP, a Specialist or other health professional is required to access most Epworth services and some can be called directly by the patient including our Allied Health Clinic, GP Clinic, Men’s Health Clinic and Jean Hailes at Epworth Freemasons as well as our Breast Services, Epworth Sports and Exercise Medicine Group and Epworth HealthCheck.

Read more: For GPs - Connecting GPs with Epworth.

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Gynaecology at Epworth Eastern

Enquiries to be directed to Nurse Manager, Phone: 03 8807 7575.

Gynaecology at Epworth Freemasons

The Epworth Freemasons Gynaecology department has visiting specialists including gynae-oncology surgeons, obstetricians, gynaecologists and fertility and medical specialists.

Features of the Women's Health Unit include:

  • Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • Coffee and tea making facilities in ward kitchen
  • Experienced regular staff trained in gynaecological care and midwifery
  • Fridges and Queen Size beds in some rooms
  • Inpatient Chemotherapy & Radiotherapy
  • Nursery
  • Pre-admission Facilitator (Registered Nurse)

 

Patient Needs

Epworth Freemasons is equipped with a 33-bed ward, catering for patients with a variety of gynaecological conditions. Unit staff members are supported by a full-time clinical educator and regular in-service education is provided. Surgical cases include:

  • Extensive surgery for gynaecological cancers
  • Hysterectomies
  • Major laparoscopic work

This unit is supported by experienced operating theatre staff and specialised ward nurses. In addition, a highly experienced clinical nurse specialist in gynaecological oncology is available to provide emotional and physical support as well as practical information prior to surgery, as well as during hospitalisation and convalescence.

Visitors

Visiting hours are:

  • 11:00am-8:00pm (for general patients)
  • 2:30pm - 4:00pm and 6:30-8:00pm for Maternity patients

No visiting:

  • 1:30-2:30pm (rest time)

 

More information

Most doctors provide written information about relevant procedures, including a patient pathway brochure produced by the ward. The pathway outlines the expected day-to-day procedures and progress, as well as discharge advice.

Further general information is available on the ward, while more specific information can be obtained from the gynaecological clinical nurse specialist.

Gynaecological Oncology

A Brachytherapy Unit, for radiological treatment of gynaecological cancers, is available at Epworth Freemasons. A full range of surgery is also offered, including:

  • Cone biopsy
  • D & C
  • Hysterectomy
  • Hysteroscopy
  • Laparoscopy
  • Vaginal and ovarian surgery
  • Vulval

Prevention screening programs (pap smears) are available to all women. Early detection and treatment may help prevent further development and progression of problems. A Colposcopy and Laser Clinic is also available for the management of abnormal smears.

Endometriosis Support Group

The Endometriosis Support Group was created in response to a need expressed by patients of the Epworth Women's Health Unit. While endometriosis affects 1 in 10 Australian women, there is currently no other support group in Victoria.

The support group provides a positive environment for women to exchange ideas, coping strategies and current treatment information, with access to the expertise of health professionals. Being a community service, the group is open to all women, not just those treated at Epworth Freemasons.

The group meets bi-monthly on the last Monday of the month at 7:00pm.

Gynaecology at Epworth Geelong

Epworth Geelong offers diagnosis, treatment and prevention of female reproductive system disorders.

Gynecological services at Epworth Geelong include:

  • reproductive endocrinology
  • infertility
  • gynaecological oncology
  • ultrasound
  • urogynaecology
  • maternal and fetal medicine

Conditions treated

  • gynaecological cancers
  • benign gynaecological conditions
  • investigative procedures
  • advanced laparoscopic surgery
  • infertility
  • endometriosis
  • incontinence

Gynaecology at Epworth Richmond

Enquiries to be directed through the hospital switchboard on 03 9426 6666.

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Epworth Geelong

  • 1 Epworth Place, Waurn Ponds VIC 3216
  • Emergency Department is open between 8:00 AM and midnight local time
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Epworth Richmond

  • 89 Bridge Road, Richmond VIC 3121
  • Emergency Department is open 24 hours

Related services

Clinical institute

Women’s and Children’s Clinical Institute

Directors:
Dr Julie Lamont, Dr Sze Lee
All our obstetricians are specialists, supported by experienced midwives. Epworth also treats a wide spectrum of gynaecological conditions.