CEMIG Coronavirus Update
As you will be aware, the Coronavirus pandemic is having a massive impact on the provision of elective healthcare nationwide and there will be major changes to how we provide care to our women in CEMIG during this time until normality returns.
All of our outpatient appointments have been changed to telephone appointments and we understand the limitations that this may bring for example not being able to perform examinations.
All ‘routine’ investigations will be suspended whilst the hospital delivers only Emergency and urgent care.
All non-urgent surgery has been suspended also. It is likely that the only planned surgery that continues is urgent cancer surgery.
We understand that for many of you this will mean continuing to manage often severe pain symptoms at home. Please do involve your GP for specific advice and in particular if you have other medical conditions. Pain management guidance is available on the webpage but the following is a ‘ladder’ of pain killing medications that for most women will be suitable;
Please be considerate of the current burden on GP surgeries. Neither the CEMIG team or your GP will be able to issue prescriptions for medicines that are out of stock such as paracetamol.
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About the CEMIG Service
Based at Ashford and St Peter’s NHS Trust we are one of only 50 endometriosis centres in the UK that have been accredited by the British Society for Gynaecological Endoscopy (BSGE).
CEMIG (Centre for Endometriosis and minimally invasive Gynaecology) is recognised as a Centre of Excellence for the treatment of women with endometriosis.
CEMIG has a dynamic multidisciplinary team that have the experience and knowledge to provide high quality, evidenced based care.
The CEMIG team understand the difficulties you face living with endometriosis and chronic pelvic pain, physically and emotionally, and you will be fully involved with all decisions regarding your treatment.
We treat women with all grades of endometriosis, from mild disease to the more severe form involving the bladder and bowel.
Our surgeons are experts in laparoscopic surgery and diagnostics. We also offer a dedicated Pelvic Pain Service and you will have the support of an endometriosis and pelvic pain specialist nurse throughout your care and in the community.
Endometriosis Patient Support Group
Our support group exists in order to provide information and support to women who suffer from endometriosis and their loved ones.
Whether you have just been diagnosed or have been living with endometriosis for years, these meetings are an opportunity to meet others living with the condition, to share experiences and to raise awareness together.
Our support meetings are held on the last Tuesday of the month.
For more details email: ChertseyGroup@endometriosis-uk.org.
Meetings are held in the Stephanie Marks Diabetes Centre, St Peters Hospital, Guildford Road, Chertsey, Surrey, KT16 0PZ (see map).
The groups are facilitated by Luz, an Endometriosis Specialist Nurse, and a trained group leader.
We look forward to meeting you.