In order to optimise the service for patients who require an emergency service, and to meet patient needs, we conducted a study in Shillo ambulatory outpatient women's health centre, affiliated to Rabin Medical Center and Tel Aviv University. The study population consisted of 512 women, aged 25-55 years, attending the centre for emergency consultation and urgent obstetrics and gynaecological day care. Before the doctor's visit and at the end of the session, the women were asked to complete a 20-item questionnaire survey. The most common complaints were related to pregnancy complications (29%). Significant improvement in their problems was reported by almost 70% of these women; 20% thought that the information they received was inadequate or unsatisfactory. Less than 10% were referred to the hospital for further care such as surgery. Most of the women (96%) reported that they would continue to use these emergency services in the future if needed. There was a statistically significant difference between the doctors' opinion and the nurse regarding the urgency and severity of the patients' problems. The nurses graded them lower than did the doctors. There was also a statistically significant difference between patients' opinion and the nurses and the doctors regarding the urgency and severity of the patients' problems. The patients graded the problems as more urgent and more severe than the nurses or doctors. We concluded that an ambulatory emergency service is an essential part of an ideal ambulatory womens' health centre but it requires substantial progress to meet the patients' needs.