Outpatients

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This is your pregnancy. We will of course observe your birth choices, keeping it in the forefront of your maternity care. However if any concerns arise during one of your visits this will be discussed with you in-depth so you are able to make an informed choice about your care and an agreed plan can be made.
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Your appointments will still take place, once you have checked into the reception you will be asked to wait in your car until they are ready to see you, so please make sure we have the correct contact number for you. This allows us to maintain social distancing in our waiting area and bring women straight into our assessment area, a bed or into the scan room. Partners are welcome to attend for scans as long as they are wearing a mask but at this point in time we cannot allow partners to attend for midwife assessments.

We are now able to slightly increase the access for women and birthing partners to have support, which includes:

  • Early Pregnancy scans - lateral flow testing for partners is required
  • All consultant appointments
  • All Antenatal day unit appointments

Birthing partners can continue to:

  • Be present for dating, anomaly and growth scans

If you are Out Of Area – please have a read of this leaflet

Please let us know in advance that you are self-isolating due to personal symptoms (high temperature and/or new continuous cough) or symptoms within your household. Your planned appointment / visit will be reviewed in terms of its urgency and either converted to a remote appointment (i.e. telephone) or deferred. Where an urgent face to face appointment is required and individualised plan will be put in place to facilitate this.

Hand hygiene stations can be found in the reception area and used on arrival. 

Further information on attending scans can be found here.

At present due to Covid-19 we are asking women who have a planned appointment to wait in their car for a telephone call inviting them into the unit. This allows us to maintain social distancing in our waiting area and bring women straight into our assessment area, a bed or into the scan room.

We are now able to slightly increase the access for women and birthing partners to have support, which includes:

  • Early Pregnancy scans - lateral flow testing for partners is required
  • All consultant appointments
  • All Antenatal day unit appointments

Birthing partners can continue to:

  • Be present for dating, anomaly and growth scans

  • Support you throughout labour

  • Visit from 8am – 8pm on the ward – either during pregnancy or after your baby has been born.

Hand hygiene stations can be found in the reception area and used on arrival. 

The Maternity Day Assessment Unit at Hinchingbrooke is open Monday to Friday 8.30am - 6pm. All reviews for a midwife or a scan are by appointment. MDAU has 3 scan rooms, 1 room in the treatment centre and the other 2 on MDAU. Our scan lists run daily Monday - Friday from 9am to 5pm. Our sonographers are midwives who perform all the scans required for pregnancy and we have 3 fetal medicine consultants who also scan on MDAU.

If you are Out Of Area – please have a read of this leaflet

We see women with complex Antenatal needs so women should call us on 01480 442830 if they have:

  • Reduced fetal movements or change in pattern of fetal movements so that we can assess and review. Out of hours calls should be directed to Labour Ward

If they would like to book an appointment for their flu or whooping cough vaccine, to book your whooping cough vaccine please call the MDAU number, 01480 442830 and they can book you in with the immunisation nurse.

The Labour Ward will refer women who are low risk at term  that have called with a possible rupture of their membranes and any women with pain or fresh vaginal bleeding should call the Labour Ward.

All women are offered ultrasound examinations (scans) during their pregnancy to provide an estimated date of delivery, to see if they are having more than one baby and also to detect any problems. 

Scans which take place in MDAU are as follows:

  • Early Dating Scan (12 week scan)
  • Detailed
  • Further scans

To read a detailed description of these scans please click here.

Consultant led appoints at Peterborough City Hospital are held in the antenatal department in the Women and Children's atrium.

Please note that Consultant-led appointments at Hinchingbrooke are held in The Treatment Centre in the green zone. During Covid-19 these appointments are predominately telephone/video based, however there are indications for face to face appointments but this will discussed with you.

Partners are not able to attend the consultant-led appointments but may attend the scan appointments. 

Due to the community venues we use for these appointments, and the restrictions placed upon us by the owners of these premises, and the size of the rooms we are not able to have partners at these appointments. Where women need additional support for the appointment we are under taking risk assessments and can put specific arrangements in place on a case by case basis. 
  • Women with itching in pregnancy specifically if palms of hands or soles of feet
  • Women with Diabetes
  • Women with Raised blood pressure or protein in their urine
  • Women that are feeling unwell
  • Women with a baby that is not growing as well as expected
  • Multiple pregnancies
  • Women who need Anti D at 28 weeks of pregnancy
  • Women having a planned Caesarean section for a pre op assessment
  • Women who live geographically out of area but wish to deliver their baby at the Hinchingbrooke site

This is not the complete list and our midwives are there for advice if the women are concerned.