The Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology was established in 1996. The academic staff members totaling four are Board certified specialists. The clinical activities of the department are conducted at the Colombo South Teaching Hospital where the professorial unit is located. The department is a recognized training unit for the Postgraduate Institute of Medicine University of Colombo and the Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynecologists United Kingdom.

The discipline of Obstetrics encompasses the study of normal and abnormal pregnancy including the fetus, labour and puerperium. The scope of Gynaecology includes reproductive and sexual health, fertility control, disorders of the female genital tract and menopausal issues.


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To be a center of excellence in teaching medical undergraduates, post graduates and nursing students in the field of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, to pursue research and to take a leading role in developing and assessing new advances in Obstetrics and Gynaecology to suit our country.

Participation in Undergraduate Training Programmes

  • MBBS
  • Sc. (Nursing)
  • Examination to Register and Practice Medicine (ERPM)

Participation in Postgraduate Training Programmes

  • Sc. Community Medicine
  • Diploma in Reproductive Health
  • Diploma in Family Medicine
  • MD part I & part II in Obstetrics & Gynaecology
  • MD in Hematology
  • MD in Transfusion Medicine
  • MD in Emergency Medicine

Teaching Activities

Undergraduate (MBBS)

  • Part 1 and Part 2: Reproductive module teaching
  • Clinical teaching
    • Pre professorial: 2 appointments
    • Oncology appointment: Apeksha Hospital
    • Professorial appointment
  • Learning Methods
    • Daily ward round learning
    • Clinic based learning
    • Ward classes
    • Theatre based learning
    • Student seminars
    • Hands on experience: Episiotomy suturing, Artificial rupture of membranes, Pap smear
    • Portfolio based learning
    • Skills and drills
      There are 2 days of skills and drills conducted for students under the following topics
           Obstetric History taking
           Obstetric Examination
           Gyn History taking
           Gyn Examination (Abdomen, VE, SE, Cervical smear technique)
           Shoulder dystocia
           Shoulder dystocia
           Episiotomy suturing
           Neonatal resuscitation
           Maternal Collapse
           Cord Prolapse
           Cord Prolapse
           Maternal Collapse
  • Practical learning opportunities
    • Shadow House Officer:
      Students would get the opportunity to work as a Shadow House officer for a duration of 6 days; 3 days each in Obstetric ward and Gynaecology ward, where they get ample experience in daily ward management which would be an immense help for them during their internship.
    • Labour room:
      Each student would get 6 twelve hour shifts (3 day and 3 night shifts) in order to have hands on experience in the labour room. Students are provided with a golden opportunity to learn and perform important practical procedures such as episiotomy suturing, artificial rupture of membranes, maintaining a partogram, MEOWS chart and assisting during delivery
    • Casualty:
      On casualty days of the Professorial Unit of Obstetrics and Gynaecology which fall on Thursdays and every 3rd weekend students are able to get hands on experience on management of almost all emergencies in Obstetrics and Gynaecology. In addition, students would encounter a wide spectrum of clinical scenarios that are only found in books during their Professorial unit appointment.
  • Assessment methods
    • Logbook viva:
      Logbook viva is held at the beginning of Professorial appointment where knowledge obtained during two pre professorial appointment would be tested.
    • Portfolio viva:
      Portfolio viva is conducted at the conclusion of Professorial appointment where knowledge obtained during the appointment would be tested
    • End appointment OSCE:
      At the end of the Professorial appointment the practical knowledge gained during appointment is tested by the way of a ten station OSCE.
    • Final MBBS examination:
      Theory knowledge is tested by the way of 50 MCQs and 5 SEQs and Clinical knowledge is tested by 2 long cases one each from Gynaecology and Obstetrics.

Undergraduate (Nursing)

  • Labour room
  • Ward based learning
  • Soft skills


  • Learning methods
  • Obstetrics and Gynecological care
  • Case based discussions
  • Journal club
  • Audits


General Facilities

  • Wards:
    The Professorial unit of Obstetrics and Gynaecology has 3 ward attached to it. The Gynaecology ward which is ward 23 has a bed strength of 37. There are 17 beds available in Antenatal ward while Postnatal ward consists of 19 beds.
  • Labour ward:
    The fully equipped labour ward attached to the professorial unit has a bed strength of 08.
  • Clinics:
    Following clinics are conducted by the unit
    • Antenatal clinic
    • Gynaecology clinic
    • Subfertility clinic
    • High risk clinic
    • Colposcopy clinic
    • IUI clinic
  • Outpatient hysteroscopy

Facilities for Students

  • Digitalized lecture hall
  • Student room

Services to the Community

The department provides tertiary care services for obstetrics and gynaecology via professorial obstetrics and gynecological unit.

Maternal Medicine

The Professorial unit of obstetrics and gynaecology is the tertiary care referral center for the Colombo South region and caters to this need through its maternity unit consisting of a fully equipped labour room and operating theater together with a 36 bed maternity ward.

High Risk Obstetrical Care

A special High Risk Foeto-maternal clinic is conducted weekly on Friday to cater to pregnant mothers with multiple risk factors who need specialized care. These mothers are referred from other clinics, maternity homes & peripheral hospitals in the area.

Fertility and Andrology Treatment Unit

A subfertility clinic is conducted weekly to cater to couples with problems of fertility. In accordance to the clinic Intra Uterine Insemination facilities are provided by the unit.

Outpatient Hysteroscopy Facilities

The Professorial Unit of obstetrics and gynaecology provides the only outpatient hysteroscopy services in the country.

Colposcopy Services

The Professorial Unit provides colposcopy services to the region. In addition, cervical cancer screening is conducted by the unit.

Adolescent Clinic

Adolescent friendly health services are a new development in the health system & conducted only in a few hospitals in Sri Lanka.

Specialized Clinics and Their Venues

Clinic Day Time Venue Consultant
Gynaecology clinic
8.00 am - 12.00 pm
Clinic Room - 1
According to Roster
Subfertility clinic
1.00 pm - 4.00 pm
Clinic Room - 1
According to Roster
Obstetric clinic
8.00 am - 12.00 pm
Clinic Room - 1
According to Roster
1.00 pm - 4.00 pm
Clinic Room - 4
According to Roster
Adolescent Clinic
According to Roster
High risk clinic
1.00 pm - 4.00 pm
Clinic Room - 3
According to Roster

Other Services

The department extends its services to other regions of the country by conducting out-reach clinics in war affected areas. Further, the unit extends its services to primary health care of units of the region by providing health education sessions targeting patients as well as the health-care staff.

Name of Grant Purpose Start Year End Year
Dr. R.C. Fernandopulle IRQUE Grant
Research of prevalence of Chlamydia, Gonococci and Bacterial vaginosis in unexplained infertility.
Pattern of Maternal Morbidity among pregnant women
Prof. Dhammike Silva
Screening for Chlamydia trachomatis & Neisseria ghonorroeae in women attending sexually transmitted disease clinics in Western Province
University research grant
Serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D levels and selected biochemical parameters among pregnant women with and without Gestational Diabetes Mellitus


Dr. Madura Jayawardane

  • Secretary of perinatal society
  • Secretary menopausal society
  • Assistant secretary SLCOG
  • Center coordinator for ERPM

Prof. Rukshan Fernandopulle

  • Chairman (current) of Board of studies
  • Editor for SLCOG journal
  • Chairman of Academic activities, SLCOG
  • Secretary of SLCOG 2006, 2007, 2012
  • CPD chairman SLCOG
  • Chief examiner part 1 selection exam and MD part 2chairmen
  • ERPM chief examiner in Obstetrics and Gynaecology

Andrology and fertility unit

Outpatient hysteroscopy and colposcopy

South Asian Minimal Access Gynaecology and Endometriosis centre

Learning Activities








Gynaecology clinic

Subfertility clinic

Obstetric clinic

Adolescent clinic

High risk clinic

Student seminar






Colposcopy clinic




CASUALTY in every 3rd week




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