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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 from hospital to home and various clinics 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:

Patient Information Leaflet – Information for overseas visitors – hospital treatment and paying for care

Pregnancy Pre-Registration and Self-Referral Form 

Pregnancy Pre-Registration and Self-Referral (online form)

AIS needs form

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

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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.

Expectant fathers course

The 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. There is a small charge of £20:00 per person for the whole day session to ensure we retain the services of the Charity.

Course aims

  • 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

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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.

Leaflets