Maternity assessment unit (MAU)

We offer face-to-face and telephone appointments.

This information is for emergency appointments at the maternity assessment unit. For information about your planned antenatal appointments, see our care during your pregnancy page.

How to get an appointment

Your midwife, obstetrician, GP and our scanning department can refer you to us.

You can also walk in if you’re at least 18 weeks pregnant and have a pregnancy-related problem.

Please attend if:

  • your baby is less active than usual
  • your blood pressure is raised or there is protein in your urine (your midwife or GP will spot this)
  • you are having severe itching during pregnancy
  • you think your waters may have broken
  • you have an urgent problem such as vaginal bleeding or abdominal pain 
  • you are having labour pain (contractions)

Do not attend:

  • for routine antenatal check-ups, missed appointments with your midwife or doctor, or for a membrane sweep
  • if you have been in contact with flu, rubella or chicken pox. Please call a GP or us before you come in
  • if you're less than 18 weeks pregnant. Please contact or walk-in to our early pregnancy and gynaecology unit (EPAGU)

Before your appointment

Please bring your maternity notes (purple book) and any medicines you're taking.

Read our maternity visiting guidance on whether you can bring someone when you attend your appointment.

Please allow up to 4 hours for your appointment.

During your appointment

For emergency appointments, we'll assess you when you arrive. This is called triage and means we see people in order of urgency.

You'll be seen by a midwife and they'll involve a doctor in the consultation if needed. We may do some tests, including:

  • observations
  • monitoring your baby's heart rate
  • laboratory specimens
  • emergency scans, if needed

You may need to wait for blood test results to come back. This can take up to 3 hours.

If you need regular appointments at the unit, we'll make these between 8am and midday.

Contact us

For more information, please contact us.

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Do you have any comments or concerns about your care?

Contact our Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS)

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