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Our Service

Welcome to St George’s Maternity Unit. We look forward to caring for you and your baby during pregnancy, birth and afterwards.  We continue to work hard to keep you, your baby and our staff safe during the Covid-19 outbreak. (Latest updates below).

If you are pregnant and would like to have your baby at St Georges, please complete the online self referral form by following this link. You can use this form before contacting your GP. Please try to complete before 7 weeks of pregnancy (OR as soon as you know you are pregnant after that gestation, OR as soon as you decide on a transfer of care). Once the referral has been processed, you will receive a letter with a midwife appointment. This can take 2-3 weeks.

 

St George’s Maternity Helpline

020 8725 2777

Please call this number if you are pregnant and have concerns about yourself or your baby (during pregnancy, labour or in the 6 weeks after birth)

It is staffed by midwives and offers advice, reassurance, and clinical support seven days a week.

(Launched March 2022)

Social Media

We have an active Instagram and Facebook account with regular updates on our service as well as useful videos, information and pictures. Be sure to follow us on Twitter here! @stgmaternity

Maternity Unit Tour

We have created this maternity tour video to show you the unit, how to get there and what to expect. We hope this is helpful for you.

 

Feedback from our service users can be found on NHS Choices.

What CQC says about our maternity service

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The maternity service was rated as Good overall and Outstanding for Effective by the CQC in the report in November 2016.

Visiting Arrangements – Updated (14/06/2022)

(This section is continually updated to reflect national and local COVID-19 guidance – please help us to keep everyone safe.

COVID-19 Protocols and Testing

Please do not attend the hospital or clinic if you are unwell with COVID-19 symptoms. Call 119 or the Maternity Helpline 02087252777. If your partner is unwell we kindly request that they stay at home until they feel better.

Everyone admitted to the hospital will still have a PCR test on arrival or soon afterwards. Visitors will no longer be tested but may be asked to leave if showing signs of illness.

Use of face masks is now optional in public areas. Staff will advise if you are required to wear a mask in a high risk ward/area.

Thank you for your understand during this continuing Pandemic situation.

Antenatal Appointments and Scans

You can bring one person to antenatal appointments or ultrasound scans. Partners are welcome to attend your appointment with you.

Antenatal Ward

If you are admitted to the antenatal ward in pregnancy, 1 support person can be with you on the ward from 08:00am-22:00pm, we do not permit your support person to stay overnight unless you are experiencing contractions (e.g. in early labour or during induction of labour). Please keep mobile phones on silent during ward stays.

Giving Birth

When admitted to a shared bay on the Antenatal Ward or Delivery Suite when in early labour or for induction of labour, you may have 1 birth partner with you . This is due to there being very limited space in the shared bays.

When you are admitted in active labour to a single room on the Delivery Suite or Carmen Birth Centre, 2 birth partners can be with you. If a third person is needed, e.g. an interpreter, please discuss with your midwife during pregnancy.

Postnatal Ward

During your stay on the postnatal ward, 1 support person can stay with you to care for you and your baby all day. During the hours of 15:00pm – 20:00pm, a second support person can attend. One support person may stay over night, however if they leave the ward after 22:00pm, they will not be permitted back onto the ward until 08:00am for security reasons (unless your baby is born during this time).

Any support person in attendance must be helping to care for you and your baby.

We welcome visitors however, no children under 16 years old are allowed onto the wards.

Thank you for your co-operation and understanding.

 

Online Q&A Sessions with Consultant Midwife / Matron

Please email our Consultant Midwife for Public Health, Chelone Lee-Wo for further information at maternity.experience@stgeorges.nhs.uk

Covid-19 Vaccination Info for Pregnancy

All pregnant women aged 18 or over are now being offered Covid-19 boosters. We strongly recommend to have a Covid-19 vaccine if you’re pregnant due to increased risks that the virus poses to you in this time.

The decision to take up the offer of a vaccination is personal, and based on a balance of risk.  You can discuss this decision with your midwife or GP.  Further information to help inform your decision can be found  here

To learn more, view the following guides below:

What our service users say:

“Whilst I was very scared and extremely worried about giving birth again, the midwife who I had throughout the whole labour, was amazing……As a result, I had no blood loss. I had no tears, I was able to bond with my baby straight away and breast feed well. I recovered from labour in no time, due to her professionalism.”

“I want to reassure you that your staff are doing a fantastic job despite the huge demands placed on them.”

“My husband and I will be forever grateful to the individuals involved and the NHS for the extremely high level of care provided”

More feedback from service users can be found on NHS Choices.