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The referral pathway

Women with suspected endometriosis can be referred to the Endometriosis Clinic at the John Radcliffe Hospital. We are a tertiary referral centre for the diagnosis and management of endometriosis. We are also a fully accredited Endometriosis Centre by the British Society for Gynaecologic Endoscopy (BSGE) with particular expertise in severe cases.

This service is led by Consultant Prof Christian Becker and Ms Natalia Price and their team. A weekly specialised Endometriosis Clinic runs every Monday afternoon in the outpatient area on Level 1 of the Women’s Centre of the John Radcliffe Hospital. Prior to each clinic, referral letters, outstanding results and patient histories are discussed in a endometriosis team meeting including pain specialist, gynaecologists and nurses.

Any woman with symptoms of endometriosis can be seen at the Oxford Endometriosis Clinic. Common symptoms include very painful periods (especially if the pain starts before the vaginal bleeding of monthly menstruation), pelvic pain during sexual intercourse, cyclical pains elsewhere or, rarely, cyclical bleeding elsewhere such as from the rectum or the lungs.
Imaging such as pelvic ultrasound, MRI scanning or laparoscopy may be used to help diagnosis. This can be arranged by the Endometriosis Team.
Oxfordshire GPs can refer women via the Choose & Book system, or from elsewhere a GP can refer to us via fax.

Fax: 01865 222070

http://www.ouh.nhs.uk/services/referrals/womens/gynaecology/endometriosis.aspx