Obstetrics & Gynaecology

General description of the work of a Consultant Obstetrician & Gynaecologist

The Consultant Obstetrician & Gynaecologist deals with pregnancy, labour and delivery as well as ectopic pregnancy, Caesarian sections, forceps and vacuum delivery, miscarriages, terminations (abortions), sterilisations and infertility. He/She also deals with cervical cancer, tumours of the ovaries, endometriosis, hysterectomies, vaginal surgery and failed contraception.

Most common clinical areas / procedures leading to a claim of clinical negligence

  • prolonged or problematic labour leading to birth hypoxia in the newborn baby
  • problems following Caesarian section or following forceps or vacuum delivery
  • failed sterilisation
  • brachial plexus injury following shoulder dystocia
  • problems in the ante natal period such as pre–eclamsia
  • bladder or bowel or ureter injury during gynaecological operations
  • complications of hysterectomy operations
  • problems with infertility treatments
  • complications of twin pregnancy

Sub–Specialities / Alternative and Additional job titles

The Consultant Obstetrician & Gynaecologist may be known as a Consultant in Obstetrics and Gynaecology. He/She may be known simply as an Obstetrician if most of his/her work is in dealing with pregnancy, or as a Gynaecologist if most of his/her work is non–pregnancy related gynaecology. If most of his/her work is in the field of infertility then he/she may be known as a Fertility Specialist.

Usual Qualifications

The Consultant Obstetrician & Gynaecologist will have MRCOG or FRCOG (Membership or Fellowship of the Royal College of Obstetrician and Gynaecologists) after his/her name.

Academic Appointments

The Consultant Obstetrician & Gynaecologist may be a Lecturer or Professor in Obstetrics and Gynaecology at a Medical School. He/She may be an Examiner for the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.