Early Pregnancy Assessment Clinic (EPAC)
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The Early Pregnancy Assessment Clinic (EPAC) is an outpatient clinic in the Women’s Health Centre at the Regina General Hospital. The clinic sees women by referral who are early (less than 20 weeks) in their pregnancy, and who are having problems such as pain, bleeding or have been diagnosed with a pregnancy loss (miscarriage).
The outpatient clinic is not for women who are experiencing a medical emergency such as very heavy bleeding (hemorrhage) or severe pain. These women should be seen in the Emergency Department.
Please note, you need a referral from your doctor to access this clinic.
Miscarriage and Bleeding in Pregnancy
About 20 per cent (one in five) of women have some bleeding before their 20th week of pregnancy. About half of the time these pregnancies continue without further problems.
Miscarriage however is common too, occurring in about 20 per cent of pregnancies, and most often in the first eight weeks. The cause of miscarriage is usually unknown and unfortunately there is no way to stop these early miscarriages from happening. Sometimes too it can be unclear, even with ultrasound, if the pregnancy is growing normally early in pregnancy and a complete diagnosis can take time.
If you have experienced a miscarriage, we are sorry for your loss. The Early Pregnancy Assessment Clinic works closely with the Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region Perinatal Loss Committee and is dedicated to providing a supportive environment to meet both the medical and emotional needs of women and their families.
If you are having problems early in pregnancy, such as pain or bleeding, contact your healthcare provider such as your doctor, Nurse Practitioner or Midwife.
If you Have Been Referred to the EPAC
If you have been referred by your health care provider to the Early Pregnancy Assessment Clinic, a Registered Nurse from the clinic will contact you by phone to arrange a time to be seen in the clinic.
The length of time you spend at the EPAC can vary, depending on the investigations needed and whether the physicians are needed on other units, such as Labour and Birth. Please be prepared to stay three to six hours for your visit, during which time you:
- may have an ultrasound;
- may have lab work; and
- will be seen by an Obstetrician Gynecologist and/or a medical Resident or medical student.
Please Bring to the Visit:
- Your Saskatchewan Health Services card;
- A list of medications you are taking;
- A support person;
- A book to read or activity for yourself while you wait; and
- An interpreter, if you need one.
We are located in the Women’s Health Centre, Unit 3C, RGH
1440 14th Ave, Regina
We are open Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
We are closed on weekends and Statutory Holidays.