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Gynaecology

We offer a range of private gynaecological treatments

Gynaecology is a broad specialty which covers a host of conditions relating to the female reproductive system. Most women who visit BMI Albyn Hospital present with either issues with their periods, or with pain, or prolapse. Sometimes, they visit with other general wellbeing issues of the reproductive organs, problems after menopause or concerns about any sinister diagnosis. 

Our clinic provides a comprehensive healthcare service, including issues due to the menstrual cycle, endometriosis, ovarian cysts, fibroids, polyps and postmenopausal problems and other gynaecology issues. The gynaecology practice at BMI Albyn Hospital is described by our Consultant Gynaecologist as a one-stop clinic for women’s health. 

It’s worth noting, however, that the field of gynecology does not cover Obstetrics and BMI Albyn does not provide pregnancy care. Also, fertility treatments like IVF, are carried out in the reproductive medical unit.  

However, some conditions (such as Polycystic ovary syndrome and Endometriosis) can impact fertility, and this can be discussed with patients who visit the hospital. 

One of the consultants is a Gynaecological Oncologist who also works at ARI provide cancer care for North-East of Scotland. 

Gynae-oncology service is provided at Albyn but also offers treatment options for common gynaecological conditions, which includes:

Post-coital and intermenstrual bleeding advice and treatment; vulval conditions, including vulval pain/itch. Other benign/precancerous and cancerous lesions can be reviewed/treatment given, as well as patients who have suspected cancer.

Colposcopy procedure is undertaken at Albyn on 3rd Saturday mornings, while various abnormalities arising from routine or scheduled cervical smears can also be addressed. 

Surgical management of uterine cancer, ovarian cancer, cervical cancer and vulval cancer is also offered within gynaecology as part of the gynae-oncology service. Complex laparoscopic and open abdominal surgeries do get undertaken as part of the cancer diagnosis pathway.

Surgical management for those with the BRCA gene mutation/HNPCC gene mutation is also offered, as well as for those with a family history of breast and ovarian cancer gene mutation.

Offering routine gynaecological investigations and minimal access surgery, one of our Consultants is the lead for the Aberdeen Endometriosis Centre, which provides tertiary care services for endometriosis patients in the North and North East of Scotland. 

Focusing on a host of conditions, including endometriosis and pelvic pain, menstrual problems, pelvic floor dysfunction and all general gynaecological problems in premenopausal and postmenopausal women, our Gynaecology Consultants here in Aberdeen have a keen interest in women’s health research. 

Working with Endometriosis UK and the Scottish government to improve awareness of endometriosis, as well as to meet the recommendations from a recent all party parliamentary report, most endometriosis research is undertaken by consultants who also work at BMI Albyn Hospital.  

Endometriosis  

A common condition seen at BMI Albyn Hospital is endometriosis; it affects around one in 10 women, and causes painful periods and pelvic pain, amongst other symptoms. It can also affect fertility.  

Often, there is a huge delay in diagnosis from presentation of symptoms to first diagnosis (by laparoscopy). Currently, it takes an average of eight years, and we aim to increase awareness of the condition.   

Pelvic Pain 

Felt below the belly button, pelvic pain can come on suddenly and may last for months. It can be caused by endometriosis, but this is not always the case. 

Pelvic Floor Dysfunction 

The inability to control the muscles of the pelvic floor, pelvic floor dysfunction symptoms can include urinary issues, constipation or bowel strains, lower back pain, and pain during sexual intercourse. 

Menstrual Problems 

Menstrual problems, including heavy menstrual bleeding, or irregular, erratic, or prolonged periods are quite common, says our Consultant Gynaecologist. In fact, around one in five women usually require some investigation and are quite easily treated, both by medical treatment as well as surgical treatment, and lastly, hysterectomy. 

Perimenopausal and Menopausal Issues 

Perimenopause and menopause bring about a host of hormonal changes, which can negatively affect a woman’s day-to-day life. These include abnormal periods in perimenopause specifically, mood swings, anxiety, hot flushes and more. 

Laparoscopic Surgery 

Allowing a surgeon to access the inside of the abdomen and pelvis without making large incisions in the skin, this minimally invasive surgery can help diagnose gynecological conditions, including endometriosis.  

Hysteroscopic Surgery 

In hysteroscopic surgery, a surgeon can look inside your uterus to diagnose conditions including abnormal bleeding. Using a hysteroscope – a thin tube with a camera, which is inserted into the vagina – your cervix and inside of the uterus can easily be examined. 

At your initial gynaecology or gynae-oncology consultation, our Consultant Gynaecologist will usually take your medical history and discuss the possible diagnosis.

At your appointment, medical treatment can be prescribed, and minor procedures can be done on the same day.

There is a possibility to do an ultrasound in the clinic there and then, along with some other minor procedures, such as an endometrial biopsy, if needed, and undertake other minor gynaecological procedures, such as fitting a coil, or removing a polyp from the cervix but some of these may be performed on a separate day.  

Any surgical procedures requiring an anaesthetic, would need an admission to the ward in due course. For many patients, it's a convenient, ‘one-stop’ clinic. 

There are a host of reasons to choose BMI Albyn Hospital, the availability of ultrasound scans being one. When patients visit us, they don’t need to wait and have a repeat appointment to have a scan. Neither do they have to wait too long following the scan for a diagnosis. 

From heavy periods to cancer to urogynecology to endometriosis, women can access all kinds of services at Albyn Hospital.  

BMI Albyn Hospital has helped a lot of patients to access healthcare, since NHS waiting times can be long. 

When visiting BMI Albyn Hospital, patients can book directly with the consultant of their choice. You may also be able to opt for a remote consultation (by telephone), which means you can chat with a specialist from the comfort of your home. 

However, gynaecology and gynae-oncology usually require an examination, so in that case, a face-to-face consultation would be needed. 

Here are some at-a-glance reasons to choose BMI Albyn Hospital:

  • Shorter waiting times – Patients who visit BMI Albyn Hospital can make the most of shorter waiting times. 
  • Flexible appointments – You can choose an appointment time to suit you and your schedule; in some cases, remote consultations will be offered too. 
  • Consultant-led appointments – Your appointment will be Consultant-led, and you will see the same person each time – from your consultation, right through to any treatment needed. 
  • Patient satisfaction and personalised care – In an independent survey* in 2020, 98.9% of our patients said they would recommend the hospital. *Results were compiled by independent healthcare agency, Quality Health.           

The only private hospital in the North of Scotland, BMI Albyn Hospital sees patients from a host of cities and towns in and around Aberdeen.  

Our Consultant Gynaecologist and Consultant Gynae-oncologist see patients from Inverness, Wick, Shetlands, Orkney, the Highlands, and Dundee.

BMI Thornbury Hospital – another private hospital in Dundee – has now closed, so we have seen even more people visit our clinic in recent times, says our Consultant Gynaecologist.  

Looking for a gynaecologist in Aberdeen? Book an appointment with BMI Albyn Hospital by calling our team on 01224 042520.

You can also use our handy online booking system to make your appointment in mere minutes.  

Specialists Offering Gynaecology

Dr Premila Ashok

Consultant Gynaecologist

MBBS, FRCOG, MD (with commendation)

BMI Albyn Hospital

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Dr Lucky Saraswat

Consultant Gynaecologist

MBBS, MRCOG (Gold Medal), PhD

BMI Albyn Hospital

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Dr Mahalakshmi Gurumurthy

Consultant Gynaecologist & Gynaecological Oncologist

MBBS; MRCOG

BMI Albyn Hospital

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Dr Jane Johnston

Independent Medical Practitioner

MbChB, MRCGP

BMI Albyn Hospital

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Dr Kevin Cooper

Consultant Gynaecologist

MBChB, MSc, MRCOG

BMI Albyn Hospital

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