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We offer a range of services for women and their families before, during and after birth. We aim to work with you to ensure that the care you receive is tailored to your unique situation.
Early in pregnancy you will meet a Community Midwife who will ‘book’ you. Together you will decide who is the most appropriate professional to co-ordinate your care; this may be a Midwife or a Consultant Obstetrician. At this time you will receive information about the screening tests, scans and appointments that are available to each woman. You will also be provided with telephone numbers for accessing 24 hour support.
We will help you to plan for your birth, aiming to provide the latest up to date evidence to support you in your decision making about this important experience. Depending on your individual situation you may be offered Home, Delivery Suite or the midwife led Dolphin Suite: we will ensure you have all the information to enable you to choose the best place for YOU! A preparation for birth workshop is available in the later part of pregnancy.
We will help you to prepare for life as a parent.
Our Antenatal and Postnatal ward provides for women who need to stay in hospital either before or after birth. Community midwives continue your care at home after discharge from hospital.
What services are provided?
- Antenatal clinic
- Community midwifery
- Antenatal/Postnatal wards
- Maternity Assessment unit
- Delivery Suite
- Dolphin Suite Midwife led unit
- Specialist Midwives: mental health, diabetes, infant feeding
How can I get a referral?
Your GP surgery will refer you to the Antenatal clinic or the Community Midwife to begin your care with us.
Where is the department located?
The antenatal clinic, delivery suite and Dolphin Suite are located upstairs at the James Paget Hospital: follow the signs.
Community midwives clinics are held in GP surgeries and Children’s Centres: your Community Midwife will tell you where you should attend.
What are the opening times?
Antenatal clinic: Monday to Friday 9:00 – 17:00.
Delivery Suite: 24 hours
Dolphin Suite: 24 hours
Ward 11: 24 hours
How can I contact the department?
Antenatal Clinic 01493 452266
Delivery Suite 01493 452480
Dolphin Suite 01493 453640
Ward 11: 01493 452011
Community midwives carry mobile phones, but may be unable to answer immediately due to clinical activity or being off duty. The voicemail message on her phone will give you further instructions.
If you require urgent help call Delivery Suite 01493 452480.
Head of Midwifery: Jayne Utting
Clinical Midwifery Manager: Karen Erskine
Community Midwifery Manager: Joanna Keable
Maternity and Gynaecology Risk and Governance Manager: Kirsty Cater
Clinical Lead for Obstetrics: Dr Vandana Choudhary
Ward 11 Manager: Nicky Charity
Dolphin Suite Manager: Kerry Gillard
Antenatal Clinic Manager: Jodie Yerrell
Bereavement Midwife: Samantha Jones
Womens Experience Midwife: Abigail Robertson
Infant Feeding Co-ordinator: Kay Horn