Our Services A - Z - Gynaecology
About the service
Gynaecology provides extensive inpatient and outpatient services across St Helens and Whiston Hospitals. We have a 19 bedded ward, along with an additional area for hyperemesis (severe vomiting) ladies in the early stages of pregnancy to be cared for. We also provide care within our Gynaecology Assessment Unit (GAU) for patients referred via GP, Emergency Department (A&E) or Walk-in centre.
Patients can also self refer to the GAU if they have accessed our services within the last two weeks.
Our Bleeding in Early Pregnancy Clinic (BEP), which is named the Buchanan Suite, is adjoined to the ward.
We hold outpatients clinics across 3 hospitals, Whiston, St Helens and Newton.
We have a Specialist Services Unit based at St Helens Hospital. Services provided here are; Colposcopy, Vulvoscopy, Hysteroscopy, Post–Menopausal bleeding, Urodynamics and Minor Procedure clinics.
- What is a Colposcopy
This is an examination to check whether there are abnormal cells on your cervix, and if so, how serious they are. It is a follow up to your cervical screening test. Colposcopy usually takes place in an outpatient hospital clinic.
- What is a Vulvoscopy
This is to investigate the problems that you have been experiencing with your vulva. This procedure includes an examination using a colposcope (large microscope) and potentially a biopsy could be taken if required
- What is a Hysteroscopy / Post – Menopausal Bleeding Clinic
This is a rapid access clinic for women experiencing bleeding during the menopause, investigations include ultrasound scan, pelvic examination and patient hysteroscopy.
- What is Urodynamics
This is a special medical test which measures the pressure within your bladder in response to filling and emptying. It is a simple test performed as an outpatient.
- Minor Procedures
Ring pessary and shelf pessary changes. Hormone replacement implants, special injections are all carried out in this clinic
- BEP - (Bleeding and Early Pregnancy Clinic)
This is an appointment only clinic for patients who are in early pregnancy. At this clinic you would be triaged over the telephone by a member of the BEP team, following this consultation you may be asked to attend the hospital for a scan or blood test.
- The Team
Consultant ProfilesMiss Saru Palaniappan
Mr Tennyson Idama
Miss Zoe Boyes
Mr Tim Kundodyiwa
Miss Vicky Cording
Mrs Ria Agass
All clinicians work across Obstetrics and Gynaecology, however some specialise in different fields.
Mr Tennyson Idama - Consultant in Obs & Gynae & Clinical Director
Mr T Kundodyiwa - Consultant in Obs & Gynae
Mrs N Srivastava - Consultant in Obs & Gynae
Mr H Hamed - Consultant in Obs & Gynae
Mrs S Rao - Consultant in Obs & Gynae
Miss V Cording - Consultant in Obs & Gynae
Mrs C Stewart - Consultant Gynaecologist
Ms T Safdar - Consultant in Obs & Gynae
Miss Z Boyes - Consultant in Obs & Gynae
Mrs A Roberts - Consultant in Obs & Gynae
Miss D D’Costa - Consultant in Obs & Gynae
Miss R Agass - Consultant in Obs & Gynae
Miss S Palaniappan - Consultant in Obs & Gynae
Mrs S Pankaja - Consultant in Obs & Gynae
Dr L Qureshi - Associate Specialist, Obs & Gynae
Dr J Amma - Speciality Doctor, Obs & Gynae
Dr A Thomas - Associate Specialist, Obs & Gynae
Gynaecology Nurse Specialists
Debbie Higham - Gynaecology Nurse Specialist
Claire Pearson - Gynaecology Nurse Specialist
Toni Lacey - Gynaecology Nurse Specialist
Caroline Davies - Gynaecology Nurse Specialist
Kate Langley - Gynaecology Nurse Specialist
Helen McHardy - Gynaecology Nurse Specialist
Cheryl Nicholls - Gynaecology Nurse Specialist
Anne Stott – Directorate Manager
Jennie Heraty – Gynaecology Matron
- Location/ Contact Information
Ward 3E Gynaecology Suite
0151 430 1522
Womens Outpatient Department
Gynaecology Outpatient Suite
St Helens Hospital
Marshalls Cross Road
Opening Times: Monday to Friday 09.00 to 17.00 hours
Reception: 01744 64631 / 6300
BEP (Bleeding and Early Pregnancy Clinic)
Monday to Friday - 09.0000 to 17.00 hours
Saturday - 09.00 to 12.30 hours
Occasional bank holidays - contact clinic direct for times
Reception: 0151 430 1737
Office: 0151 290 4356
- Relevant Leaflets/Documents/Links
Miscarriage can be a very frightening, unhappy and lonely experience. It can be even more upsetting when the miscarriage is incomplete and more treatment is needed. The Buchanan Suite staff are here to support you at this difficult time.
Title - Endometrial AblationDescription - Endometrial ablation is the destruction of the uterine (womb) lining in order to treat heavy periods. If medicines do not reduce your menstrual bleeding, then your doctor may suggest endometrial ablation as an alternative to major surgical options, such as hysterectomy.Hysterectomy is the removal of a woman's uterus (womb) and cervix surgically. An LAVH is the removal of the womb using both keyhole surgery and vaginal surgery. It is performed for a variety of reasons and is a less invasive alternative to open surgery.PID is an inflammation of the pelvic organs. It is an ascending infection that spreads above the vagina and cervix to infect the upper parts of the female reproductive tract – uterus (womb), fallopian tubes, ovaries and pelvic area. If the infection is severe, this can result in a collection of pus (abscess) within the pelvis.
Title - Sacrospinous FixationDescription - This leaflet has been written to try and answer questions you might have about sacrospinous fixation, however, it is not intended to replace the personal contact between you and the doctors and nurses. It should be read together with the leaflet about prolapse in which available treatments are described and compared.This is a gynaecological surgical procedure performed under general anaesthetic which involves removing the uterus and cervix using a keyhole (laparoscopic) technique and removing it through the vagina. You might also need ovaries/fallopian tubes to be removed, your doctor will discuss this with you.Esmya is a medicine that helps partially block the progesterone hormone from working on certain tissues in the body. Progesterone is a hormone produced, in part, by the ovaries. In certain circumstances, progesterone can stimulate the growth of fibroids within the uterus (womb). Fibroids are non-cancerous growths of the muscle layer of the uterus. By blocking the progesterone, Esmya can help reduce the size of the fibroids.This leaflet explains Vaginal NOTES hysterectomy. The aftercare and other general information regarding hysterectomy will be the same as for vaginal hysterectomy that is provided along with this leaflet. NOTES stands for natural orifice trans luminal endoscopic surgery. In this type of hysterectomy, vaginal hysterectomy is performed using keyhole instruments as they improve access and visibility.You have been diagnosed with a painful swelling of the Bartholin's gland (cyst). If this has become infected it is called an abscess. A Bartholin’s cyst or abscess has a typical appearance at the entrance to the vagina. No test is needed to make the diagnosis. Normally the glands produce lubrication that enters the vagina. But when the gland becomes blocked it causes a painful swelling. Symptoms may include tenderness, pain, fever, and sometimes discomfort walking or sitting.
Page last updated on 26th July 2021