Coronavirus: maternity services update
Due to the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic we understand that many of you will be worried about the situation and the impact it will have on your pregnancy and care. We have created a list of frequently asked questions to reassure you in this difficult time. You should also read about the changes we have made to our community midwifery services and specific advice for women who are breastfeeding.
Welcome to our maternity services
Your pregnancy journey is an important and exciting experience and we would like to ensure that your maternity care and support is right for you. At Guy's and St Thomas' we offer a wide range of choices and services in hospital, community and home settings.
How do I make an appointment?
What care will I receive?
During your pregnancy we provide antenatal care at St Thomas' and at clinics local to you. At these antenatal visits you will have blood tests, measurements and scans to make sure that you and your baby are well. Find out more about antenatal care.
We also provide specialist care for babies who need it and for women with conditions that make their pregnancy more problematic. We are proud to have an expert staff and a wide range of specialist teams - meaning that we can provide care that other hospitals may not be able to offer.
Once your baby is born, you will be cared for by a team of midwives, support workers and doctors who will help with parenting and feeding. Whether you have your baby at home or in one of our birth centres, we will give you and your baby the best possible start. More about postnatal care.
Tell us about your care
Help us to provide the best care for women using our services. Tell about your:
We will also ask you for feedback on your experience of labour, birth and postnatal care at the end of your hospital stay.
Within women’s services we undertake many research studies, and you are highly likely to be approached about these, when you attend appointments within the department.
There is one study where we use your routinely collected hospital information to help us look at population health and work out how we can improve outcomes for women and children.
Eventually data will also be collected from GP and child school records. All data are anonymised and neither you or your child will be identifiable from the information collected.
If you are not happy for information about your or your baby to be used in this way, you need to opt out. This can be done by contacting either:
Your decision will not affect the care you or your baby receive now or in the future.
Detailed information about the study (called eLIXIR) can be found within the maternity leaflets section.
Why choose us?
How can I contact a midwife for urgent advice?
If you experience bleeding, pain or severe vomiting and are more than 18 weeks pregnant contact our Maternity Assessment Unit on:
If you are up to 18 weeks pregnant and have problems, please contact our Early Pregnancy Unit on:
For emergencies overnight (7pm-8am on weekdays and 5pm-9am at weekends), please call the Hospital Birth Centre on:
How to find us
St Thomas' Hospital
7th floor, North Wing
Westminster Bridge Road
London SE1 7EH