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Welcome to St George’s Maternity Unit. We look forward to caring for you and your baby during your 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 booking form by following this link. You can use this form to self-refer before you see your GP.  A midwife will contact you to arrange a telephone booking appointment.

You can find lots of useful information and resources about your pregnancy, labour and beyond here.

A list of useful contact numbers for the Maternity Unit are available here

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

Make sure to ask your Midwife if the Team you are under has an Instagram account or another way to stay informed.

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.

Visitors to our maternity unit during Covid-19 (Coronavirus) UPDATE! 

30th May 2021:

 

In line with the easing of lockdown restrictions in England, we are delighted to announce updates to our visiting arrangements and Covid-19 testing as follows

Covid-19 Testing

We ask that all women order their free lateral flow tests to perform bi-weekly at home and for you and your birth partner to test before attending appointments or scans.  Tests can be ordered here or can be collected from local pharmacies or test sites.

We also recommend monthly PCR tests which can be ordered to complete at home.

Further information about why we are asking you and your  partners to take these tests can be found here .

If you require urgent care or think you are in labour, you should not delay attending hospital, even if you have not done your home Covid-19 test.

You and your birth partners will be offered a Covid test on admission to the unit or will be asked to show a negative Covid test result from within 72hrs of admission.  If you decline the test, your care will not be affected but staff will wear additional PPE as a precaution.  All birth partners must provide details as per Track and Trace requirements in each ward area and must wear a mask and wrist band at all times.

All women and their partners attending for elective caesareans and induction of labour will be called to attend for a PCR Covid test 72 hours before the planned admission.  You must then self-isolate prior to your admission.

Please ask your birth partner(s) to provide their full legal name and to bring their NHS number or St George’s hospital number to minimise delays.  You can find your NHS number here.

Visiting Arrangements 

Antenatal Appointments and Scans

You can bring one person to antenatal appointments. Due to social distancing, partners may be asked to wait outside until called for the appointment. This varies depending on the location of the clinic.

You can bring one person to all scans. Due to social distancing, partners will be asked to wait outside the unit until called for the appointment

We ask that both you and the person accompanying you to appointments/scans carry out a home lateral flow test (30 minute result), the night before attending the hospital or clinic. Please bring evidence of the NHS COVID-19 result to your appointment (this will be sent by text/email once you have registered the test).  If you test positive, please call 119 for further advice and inform your midwifery team.  For details of how to order tests at home, see the Testing section above.

Please do not attend the hospital / clinic if you are unwell. Please call delivery suite for advice on 020 8767 4654.

If you have not done a home test, there may be a delay in your partner entering the unit and they will be offered a test. Ensure that their NHS number is in your notes.

If your partner is unwell we kindly request that they stay at home until they feel better, they should register for a PCR test.

 

Antenatal Ward

If you are admitted to the antenatal ward in pregnancy, one birth partner can be with you on the ward from 08:00-22:00.

We ask that both you and the person accompanying you to the hospital perform a lateral flow test before attending the hospital for admission wherever possible. Please bring text evidence of the negative result.  For more information about how to obtain lateral flow tests for home, please see ‘testing’ section above.

Giving Birth

You can have one birth partner at a time with you when admitted to a shared bay on the Antenatal Ward or Delivery Suite in early labour or for induction of labour.  This person may swap with a designated second birth partner, but both cannot be with you at the same time until you are transferred to a single room.

Two birth partnerscan now be with you when you when you are admitted in active labour to a single room on the Delivery Suite or Carmen Birth Centre.

We ask that the person / people accompanying you in labour carry out a lateral flow test before attending the hospital and bring evidence of the negative result (NHS text / email).

Postnatal Ward

One birth partner can stay with you on the postnatal ward to help care for you and your baby all day and night (24hrs). However, we ask that birth partners to be present by 10pm and to support security for all we cannot permit any entry to the ward between 22:00 -08:00, unless your baby is born during this time. Your birth partner should settle you and then return after 08:00.

Your second birth partner can also swap in and care for you during your admission, but only one person can be with you on the ward at a time.

No other social visiting is allowed and no children are allowed onto the wards.

We ask that the person or people accompanying you on the postnatal ward do a lateral flow test before attending the hospital (this does not need to be re-taken if they have been with you in labour).  A new test will need to be taken after 72hrs.

We ask that when in hospital or attending appointments a face mask must be worn by you and birth partners. Women in labour do not need to wear a face mask

Vaccinations

All pregnant women aged over 25, or who are clinically vulnerable, are now being offered Covid-19 vaccinations in line with the national roll out.  These are being offered at the St George’s vaccine clinic (in Atkinson Morley Wing) on a walk in basis between 12pm and 7pm.   Alternatively you can email covidvaccinebookings@stgeorges.nhs.uk to request a booked appointment.

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

Please note that if National recommendations change or if Covid-19 hospital admissions increase, the above may change at short notice. If everyone tests at home, we can avoid a 3rd wave.

 

Breastfeeding support is available in person or on the telephone.  For further details see here.

You will always have a midwife with you in labour, and we encourage you to speak to your midwife with any questions or concerns. Our aim is to ensure that you will have a very positive birth experience with our dedicated staff during this pandemic. We look forward to seeing you all soon.

Please email our Consultant Midwife for Public Health, Chelone Lee-Wo for further information at chelone.leewo@stgeorges.nhs.uk  and join our Consultant Midwives’ weekly online Q&A  sessions by emailing maternity.experience@stgeorges.nhs.uk  

Our Midwives in Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

These are some pictures of one of our lovely Midwives in her personal protection equipment (PPE).  We wanted to show you these pictures so that you know what your midwife might look like in PPE. This equipment is used to protect you, your baby and ourselves against Covid-19.  This personal protective equipment is very rarely used but you may see it if you need to go to theatre.  On our twitter account you can also see pictures of our staff ‘behind the mask’.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What women say about our services

“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 women can be found on NHS Choices.

What CQC says about our maternity service

maternity cqc

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