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Midwives, Nurses, Obstetricians and support staff provide maternity care at St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. Services include early pregnancy assessment unit, antenatal care which includes a range of services from midwifery led to specialist midwifery and obstetric services. St Georges offers homebirth and birth centre care, a day assessment unit and fetal medicine unit for those women with complications. Postnatal care is continued for hospital to home and various clinical are held in the community to support transition to parenthood. This year almost 5200 babies were born at the unit.
Bringing forms of identification to your first maternity appointment
From Monday 30 January 2017, we are asking all women attending Maternity Services as non-emergency patients for their first appointment to provide two forms of identification. Details of documents that can be used for this are in the leaflet below.
We are also asking women who are new patients for Maternity Services to complete an advance Pregnancy Referral Form, which can be found below. This can be completed online and submitted, or printed off and brought to the appointment. This applies to your first appointment for each pregnancy only. If you have previously attended St George’s in this pregnancy you do not need to complete this form.
These new processes will enable us to properly assess whether patients are eligible for free NHS treatment, in line with Department of Health regulations.
We will not turn any women away or delay their maternity treatment if they cannot do so, nor if they are not eligible for free care.
Our Overseas Patients team will work with women to assess their eligibility and to support them and discuss payment arrangements if they are not eligible for free NHS treatment.
More details can be found in the leaflet below:
For many local mothers and babies, the care they receive will be midwife-led. The midwifery team provides antenatal services in the community and at the hospital, and most women can choose where they give birth; home, delivery suite or birth centre. The hospital has 13 delivery rooms and 40 postnatal beds, including eight single rooms. In addition to midwives, obstetric staff and auxiliaries, the department is supported by a dedicated team of anaesthetists who provide 24 hour cover for obstetric emergencies and epidurals for pain relief where appropriate. For more information about see the Obstetric Anaesthesia webpage
The Carmen Suite midwifery-led birth centre supports a natural and active approach to birth and has two birthing pools.
Antenatal clinics provide a safe, high-quality, mother-centred service within a supportive environment, offering both choice and continuity of care. Women who have certain risk factors that may affect their pregnancy will be seen in the antenatal clinic by a named consultant.
The Rainbow Team provide antenatal, home delivery and postnatal services for Wandsworth and some parts of Merton. You can self refer for home birth using the form below or see your GP for referral.
Care Quality Commission (CQC) ratings for maternity services at St George’s
Overall the CQC rated maternity and gynaecology services as good although some aspects of the services were judged to be outstanding. These are a few examples:
- Year on year reductions in key indicators for maternal outcomes, often exceeding national norms.
- The service provided safe and effective care in accordance with recommended practices.
Staff were confident about reporting incidents and said learning from these was shared with staff.
- Midwives and doctors worked well together as a team without hierarchy.
- There were clear pathways for all pregnant women to access the right services for their needs, with excellent access to specialist midwives.
- Staff demonstrating compassion and patience towards women.
- Staff were conscious of the need to protect the dignity and privacy of women in all areas of the service.
Pregnancy Referral Form including self-referrals
Please read through and complete all sections. Shaded sections are essential. Once submitted your referral will be sent instantly to a member of our Antenatal Booking Team who will be able to process your referral and offer you an appointment.
- Patient Information Leaflet – Information for overseas visitors – hospital treatment and paying for care
- Pregnancy Referral Form
- Pregnancy Referral (online form)
Free expectant fathers course
The free expectant fathers course is an opportunity for men to reflect on the changes they will be going through whilst looking at the impact that a baby will have on their lives. The sessions are skills and discussion based, encouraging personal experience with demonstrations and exercises used to provoke reactions.
- To build new fathers confidence generally, but particularly in terms of their role, their skills and their ability to support their partner and baby
- To increase information, so that new fathers engage more actively in the pregnancy and understand that they have an important role to play
- To support fathers to learn the practical skills they will need with their babies, to enable them to be competent and confident fathers
Courses run in St George’s Hospital in partnership with midwives and run on a Saturday from 10am-4pm. More information is available in the expectant father leaflet.
Pain relief in labour: Epidurals
St George’s Maternity unit is committed to addressing accessibility of information for mothers. Our obstetric anaesthetists have produced some innovative information films for mothers about epidural pain relief in labour. Commentaries in a wide variety of languages complement other sources of information available from the Obstetric Anaesthetists Association (OAA)leaflets, in antenatal classes and on line (www.labourpains.com). These films are also viewable direct from the St George’s YouTube channel for mobile viewing.
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Making a pregnancy self-referral to St George's University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Restrictions on pregnancy referrals
Currently we are not accepting referrals from Croydon, South-East or North London areas. Exceptions may be made for women with high-risk pregnancies or health-related issues: in such cases, referrals are reviewed regardless of your geographic location. If you have recently moved into the Wandsworth area or surrounding Merton area but are booked at another hospital, you can make a self-referral to the maternity unit using the form below.
How do you make a self-referral?
There are a different ways of making a referral for pregnancy to St George's University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. The main method is through going to the general practitioner (GP) who will write to the hospital or send in a referral. This method may take up to 1 week but usually 48 hours. Self referral is simple and direct; you will need to complete all the sections of the pregnancy self referral form and either take the completed form to the Antenatal Booking Office on the 1st floor of Lanesborough Wing at St George's University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust or fax the form to the Antenatal Booking office (number printed on the form). Once you bring in your completed form in to the Antenatal Booking Office the staff will arrange your appointment and direct you to the Fetal Medicine Unit.
You can also complete the form online here.
Early contact with a midwife is essential for all women who confirm their pregnancy as this will ensure that screening tests are done by 12 weeks and provide useful health and life style information.
Transferring care to St George's University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
If you have previously had care with another maternity service, recently moved to the area and wish to transfer to St George's University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. Please follow the instructions above and bring the completed self-referral form to the Antenatal Booking office. Ideally we should see you by 34 weeks of your pregnancy to make plans for your maternity care.