Emergencies

If you have an URGENT or EMERGENT Obstetrical Concern and are more than 20 weeks pregnant, please present yourself to the Labour and Delivery Unit of the Queensway-Carleton Hospital for triage and assessment in our outpatient area.

Examples of urgent or emergent concerns include but are not limited to:

  • severe headache
  • right sided upper abdominal pain with or without radiation to the back
  • uterine contractions/cramping or suspected labour
  • vaginal bleeding
  • decreased fetal movement or no fetal movement
  • clear fluid leaking from the vagina –a gush or slow trickle

The charge nurse on Labour and Delivery at the Queensway Carleton Hospital can be reached 24 hours a day at 613-721-4700, extension 2127. If the RN is not immediately available she will call you back. If you cannot wait for the call back you can proceed to the hospital.

If you are less than 20 weeks pregnant, you proceed to the Emergency Department of the Queensway-Carleton Hospital. If you feel that you cannot reach this hospital in a timely fashion during an emergency, please proceed to your nearest hospital.

Signs of labour include regular contractions every 3-5 minutes for 1-2 hours. There may be a pinkish/mild bloody mucous discharge associated with strong contractions as the cervix starts to change. If you suspect that there is fluid leaking from the vagina you should come to the hospital regardless of contraction pattern. At 32 weeks and greater, the baby should move at least 6 times within 2 hours. Small wriggles or rolls count in addition to larger kicks. If you have signs of labour or decreased fetal movement or are concerned, please go to the Queensway-Carleton Hospital Birth Unit. You do not have to call prior to coming in for assessment.

If you are a Gynecologic patient and have an urgent clinical concern or emergency and cannot wait for regular office hours, please proceed to the Emergency Department of the Queensway-Carleton Hospital.

Queensway Carleton Hospital (QCH) Physicians

During your emergency and/or obstetrical hospital visits, you may be cared for by one of our colleagues. The Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Queensway-Carleton Hospital Obstetrical operates a shared call system. Though you may not always have your own doctor for your delivery, there is always an Obstetrician-Gynecologist located in the hospital 24 hours a day. In this safe arrangement, the Obstetrician-Gynecologist on call provides care to all hospital patients on their shift. This includes emergent/urgent assessment of pregnant patients, deliveries of babies, care of post-op patients and gynecologic emergencies when consulted in the Emergency doctor and emergency surgery if necessary. As well the doctor on call for our department will accept patients for emergent care from within our LIHN and the province of Ontario.

The physician members of the Obstetrics and Gynecology Department at the Queensway Carleton Hospital are:

Dr. Lucyna Anderson
Dr. Nasser Beshara
Dr. Douglas Cochen
Dr. Nadine Doris
Dr. Christopher Farrell
Dr. Liisa Honey
Dr. Sunita Lal
Dr. Paul Legault
Dr. Allison McKinnon
Dr. Lynn Shepherd
Dr. Susan Thorne

More information on the QCH Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology here: https://www.qch.on.ca/childbirth-physicians