Obstetrics and gynaecology emergency services

We examine and treat patients with gynaecological emergencies, pregnant patients requiring emergency care, and women who have just given birth and require specialised emergency care. In severe or life-threatening situations, always go to the emergency clinic of your own municipality or the emergency unit closest to you

Patients presenting at the Gynecological and Obstetric Emergency Unit need a referral from their local health centre or from a private physician. Patients undergoing treatment for gynaecological cancers can come to the emergency unit without a referral.

We admit pregnant patients needing emergency care around the clock. Patients under 16 years of age are treated at the Paediatric Emergency Unit. Pregnant emergency patients usually need to have an emergency referral from a physician or a public health nurse when coming to the emergency unit. In non-urgent situations, pregnant patients should primarily contact their local maternity clinic.

The telephone number of the Obstetrics and Gynaecology Emergency Services is 03 311 65942. We have a call-back service. Please listen to all the instructions and then act accordingly. Please note that we will call you back from an unknown number.

The most common reasons for a referral and treatment at gynaecology emergency services include:

  • Suspected miscarriage, if the patient has abnormally heavy bleeding or is in very severe pain
  • Major symptoms following an abortion or the treatment of a miscarriage
  • Sudden, severe pain in the lower abdomen
  • Profuse bloody discharge
  • Problems following a recent gynaecological procedure
  • Sudden problems related to infertility treatments
  • Sudden problems in cancer patients undergoing treatment

Pregnant women should contact obstetrics emergency services if they experience any of the following:

  • Bloody discharge before 35 weeks of pregnancy or profuse bloody discharge resembling menstrual bleeding after 35 weeks of pregnancy
  • Unusually severe abdominal pain not alleviated by painkillers (paracetamol 1 g)
  • Premature contractions before 35 weeks of pregnancy that are not alleviated by bed rest and paracetamol
  • Confirmed or suspected amniotic fluid leakage
  • The criteria for normal foetal movement are not met
  • Worsening of symptoms of diagnosed pre-eclampsia
  • Worsening of symptoms of diagnosed hepatosis
  • An accident

In other situations, please contact your local maternity clinic or health centre first, and they will refer you to Tays if necessary.

Instructions for patients presenting at obstetrics and gynaecology emergency services

When arriving at the emergency unit, please take a number and wait to be called. You will be registered by a secretary during the day and by a midwife at night. The midwife receiving you at the emergency unit will assess the urgency of your need for treatment at the time of admission. Patients are given treatment in order of urgency.

If the nurse thinks that the patient’s condition does not necessitate emergency care, the patient will be instructed to contact, for example, a maternity clinic or a health centre.

Patients who are assessed as needing urgent treatment will be prioritised over patients who arrived earlier but were assessed as non-urgent. Therefore, it may take several hours for non-urgent emergency patients to receive treatment. You should reserve about two hours to wait for any blood test results.

At the Obstetrics and Gynaecology Emergency Unit, the patient will be examined by a midwife and also a physician, if needed. The need for tests is assessed by the physician or midwife, so ultrasound examinations or foetal heart rate monitoring are only carried out when deemed necessary.

A family member or a friend may usually accompany the patient at all times, but not in very serious or urgent cases.

If the patient’s condition does not necessitate additional tests or further monitoring, the treatment may continue in the referring unit. The patient may also be transferred to an inpatient ward at Tays, the maternity room or to the Accident and Emergency Depatment Acuta.

Facilities and personnel

The premises of the Obstetrics and Gynaecology Emergency Services include reception and examination rooms as well as an observation room. Patients can wait for examinations in the lobby with a family member or a friend.

Please note that the Obstetrics and Gynaecology Emergency Unit is not a suitable place for children.

The emergency unit does not serve food to patients. If necessary, food and drinks can be bought from the hospital’s cafeteria and the vending machines in the A building lobby.

A midwife and a physicians work at the emergency unit around the clock. We treat approximately 9,000 emergency patients each year.

Persons in charge

Physician in charge Jukka Uotila
Ward manager Sari Antikainen