NWAngliaFT Maternity Services

NWAngliaFT Maternity Services

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Discovering you're pregnant is one of the most exciting times of your life and the preparation for a new baby should be an enjoyable experience. As well as the excitement, there's a lot to think about and plan.

To provide you with the quality service you deserve, and to help us involve you in the decisions around your care, we will encourage you to tell staff about your needs and expectations so that your pregnancy, delivery and postnatal care can be planned accordingly to your wishes as much as possible.

Every mother will be under the care of either a midwife or consultant obstetrician.

Midwifery-led care
For the majority of women, the care you receive will be midwife-led and you'll have the option to give birth at home or in hospital.

Consultant-led care
Consultant obstetricians are medical doctors who specialise in more complex birth and pregnancies. Some mothers require additional care during pregnancy because of an exciting or new medical condition or pregnancy-related problem. The multidisciplinary team (obstetrics, medical consultants, anaesthetics and paediatricians) will provide support for your pregnancy as required and together you will discuss your options for care and work in partnership to meet your needs.  

Our Maternity Department offers you the option to self-refer to a midwife, which means that you will not need to go through your GP.

Simply fill in this self-referral form for Peterborough or the Hinchingbrooke self-referral form  and a midwife will call you within seven working days to confirm a booking. Please ensure you fill in the form with all of your details, ensuring they are accurate before submitting your referral. If you have any questions, please contact the Maternity Helpline on 01733 677266.

Before your first appointment with the Midwife it would be helpful for you to read the booklet about the screening tests you will be offered. To read the booklet click here.

Please only phone 01733 673758 if you to attend the Emergency Gynaecology Assessment Unit. 

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Peterborough City Hospital

Pain or bleeding and up to 14 weeks pregnant

Contact our Early Pregnancy Assessment Unit on 01733 673758.

The unit is run by senior specialist nurses and doctors.

Opening hours:

  • Monday to Friday - 8am - 8pm
  • Saturday and Sunday - 8am - 12 noon

Questions about pregnancy, birth, baby and postnatal issues
Contact our maternity helpline on
01733 677266.

Our helpline gives you and your partner direct access to a midwife 7 days a week 24 hours a day.

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Hinchingbrooke Hospital

Non-urgent pregnancy related concerns
Contact your named community midwife between 9am to 5pm. You may be asked to leave a message so that one of the available midwives can return your call.

Change an appointment
Telephone your GP surgery and leave your midwife a message.

Phone or see your GP if you have any of the following:

  • General feeling unwell
  • Vaginal bleeding before 12 weeks of pregnancy
  • Diarrhoea  
  • Vomiting
  • Aches and pains if concerned
  • Urine infection
  • Any illness not associated with pregnancy

Phone the labour ward on 01480 847480 if you experience any of the following:

  • You think labour has started
  • Any bleeding
  • Your waters have broken
  • A reduction in your baby's movement (7.30pm - 8.30pm weekdays, 4pm - 10am weekends and bank holidays) at all other times please phone the maternity day assessment unit on 01480 442830.
  • Headaches and visual disturbances
  • Car accidents
  • Falls 
  • Abdominal pain
  • Urine infections not treated by your GP
Expectant mothers under the care of NWAngliaFT maternity will now be given the opportunity to access their maternity notes online. This is a secure system that requires a thorough login process before you will be able to view your personal information.

If you requested online access to your maternity notes, your midwife will have activated this at your booking appointment. You will have received a username and password to the mobile number that you gave to the midwife at booking.

A guide to accessing your maternity notes:

To help you access your online maternity notes, staff in the maternity department have produced a step-by-step guide explaining how to log onto your maternity record. This guide has also been translated into a number of different languages.

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We believe that every woman needs a midwife but some need a doctor too which is why we offer two main types of antenatal care – midwife or consultant led. Your antenatal plan will be tailored to meet your individual needs. With a low-risk first pregnancy, you can expect approximately 10 appointments. With subsequent low-risk pregnancies, this is lowered to eight.

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Antenatal Day Unit (ADU)

The Antenatal Day Unit is staffed by two of our experienced midwives. Women attend the unit for monitoring of on-going obstetric problems including obstetric cholestasis, 
pre-eclampsia, diabetes, growth restriction, oligohydramnios, reduced fetal movements, as well as routine appointments for pre-op assessments, scan reviews, presentation scans, and membrane sweeps.

Patient information

While the unit operate an appointment system, our midwives often have to prioritise women according to the nature of the appointment therefore women are not always seen in the order in which they arrive. We would like to apologise in advance for any inconvenience this may cause.

Please bring all paperwork including paper booklets, scan reports/GROW chart if booked on K2 to your Antenatal Day Unit appointments.

If you have any queries regarding booking/changing/cancelling ADU appointments, please call the Maternity helpline. (01733 677266)

Antenatal Consultant Clinic

Our antenatal consultant clinic is for pregnant women with on-going health problems or pregnant women who have had problems with previous pregnancies.

The clinic is held on a daily basis and there is one clinic held at Stamford Hospital on Friday mornings.

Patient information

Urine samples are required for consultant clinic appointments and bottles are always available from the department if required.

Please bring your notes, either the booklet or the paperwork generated at the time of the blood tests or scan.

When attending your first appointment, it is essential that you bring some form of written identification such as a utility bill, phone bill, or bank statement with your name and address on and a picture ID such as passport or driving licence.

There is often more than one consultant clinic running at a time, therefore it is possible that some patients will be called through sooner than others.

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The antenatal clinic is on the ground floor in the Treatment Centre and includes an ultrasound suite. Consultant-led antenatal clinics are held in the antenatal clinic during the week.

A variety of clinics are run by the Maternity Team, our specialist clinics include: diabetes, anaesthetics, fetal medicine (scanning), and pre-operative assessments. In addition we provide a Complimentary Therapy service and birth after cesarean section (VBAC) clinic to support woman in their care pathway. If your home address is out of the hospital's geographical boundaries you will be offered a hospital appointment at the same time as your early dating scan to meet with a hospital midwife.

Once you have given birth the time for when you are ready to go home can vary according to the needs of you and your baby after delivery. Many women who are low-risk opt to go home shortly after the birth of their baby. Women or babies with more complex needs may need to stay longer.

For more information about the postnatal care click here.

We hope this virtual tour of Peterborough City Hospital is helpful to plan your attendance to appointments and finding your way around the hospital. Please note that this tour is several years old and tweaks have been but there are plans in place to create a new one. An upgraded version of Adobe Flash Player may be needed in order to play this video on Google Chrome but we know that it works on Internet Explorer.

We apologise that for Hinchingbrooke we don't have a virtual tour available at present, however, this YouTube video gives you some insight as to what the hospital looks like and there are plans in place to create a virtual tour.

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