Obstetrics and Gynaecology Emergency Services

We examine and treat women who are about to give birth and pregnant patients requiring emergency care, patients who have just given birth, as well as gynaecological patients who require specialised emergency care. In severe or life-threatening situations, always go to the emergency services of your own municipality or closest to you.

We admit women about to give birth, pregnant emergency patients and gynaecological emergency patients around the clock. Patients under 16 years old are treated at the Paediatric Emergency Services Unit.

Pregnant patients and gynaecological emergency patients need to have a referral from a physician or public health nurse. Patients whose treatment is ongoing in the obstetrics department of Tays may come without a referral. Women giving birth may come directly to the obstetrics department.

The phone number for the Obstetrics and Gynaecological Emergency Services is 03 311 65942. We have a call-back service. Listen to the instructions and then act accordingly. Please note that the call back to you will be from an unknown number.

Gynaecological emergency patients

The most common reasons for coming for tests and treatments at the gynaecological services include:

  • Suspected miscarriage
  • Symptoms after an abortion or miscarriage treatment
  • Pain in the lower abdomen
  • Profuse bloody discharge
  • Problems after a recent gynaecological procedure
  • Sudden problems related to infertility treatments.

Obstetrics emergency patients

Pregnant women should contact the Gynaecology Emergency Unit if they experience any of the following:

  • Bloody discharge
  • Unusually severe stomach pain
  • Premature contractions
  • Amniotic fluid leak or suspicion of it
  • Loss of foetal movements
  • Symptoms of pre-eclampsia become worse
  • Symptoms of hepatosis become worse
  • An accident.

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

Treatment at the Obstetrics and Gynaecology Emergency Services

When arriving at the emergency unit, take a queue number and register at the secretary's desk when called. Patients are given treatment in order of urgency. The urgency of the need for treatment is assessed by a midwife. A mother coming to give birth always comes first in the order of urgency.

If the nurse thinks that the patient's status does not require emergency care, the patient will be instructed to contact a maternity clinic or a health care centre.

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

At the Obstetrics and Gynaecology Emergency Services, the midwife will examine the patient. A physician may also examine the patient when necessary. The need for tests is assessed by a physician or a midwife, so ultrasounds or foetal heartrate monitoring are only done when necessary.

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

If the patient's condition does not require additional tests or follow-up observation, the treatment may continue in the outpatient care of the referring unit. The patient may also be transferred to the wards, the maternity room or Acuta's emergency services.

Facilities and staff

The facilities of the Obstetrics and Gynaecology Emergency Services include reception and examination rooms as well as an observation room. Patients and their family members may wait for examinations in the waiting lobby.

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

The clinic does not serve food for patients. If necessary, food and drinks can be bought from the hospital's cafeteria and the vending machines in the main lobby.

Two or three midwifes, one or two on-call physicians, and one secretary work at the clinic around the clock. We treat approximately 12,000 patients and women giving birth each year.

Persons in charge

Physician in Charge Kati Jalkanen
Wad manager Riitta Saarela