Changes to community midwifery services due to coronavirus (COVID-19)
Due to the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, it is necessary that we make changes to the way we deliver our antenatal and postnatal care. These changes affect all women receiving antenatal and postnatal care from Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust and are in effect from Monday 30 March.
Please visit our preparing for your baby and helping mothers to breastfeed pages for more information.
We understand that many of you will be worried about the ongoing coronavirus situation and the impact it will have on your pregnancy and care. We would like to reassure you that our hospital birth centre and Home from Home birth centre are fully operational and if you are booked to have your baby at St Thomas' Hospital you are still able to give birth here. The changes we have made are with the safety of our patients and staff as our top priority.
- To help our maternity team take good care of you and your baby, it is important that you attend all your booked appointments which may now be undertaken via a virtual or a face-to-face consultation.
- It is particularly important for pregnant women with pre-existing conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure or heart conditions who are under the care of specialist maternal and fetal medicine services to attend the appointments offered to them.
- All community appointments will be changed to either a telephone consultation or a face-to-face appointment with minimal contact and only to carry out essential health screening, such as a blood pressure measurement, dip test of urine and assessment of baby's growth by abdominal palpation and tape measure measurement.
- We are now offering services at six community maternity sites only. They will be staffed with a core midwifery team and we will be working closely with our health visitor colleagues to ensure women and babies receive essential care.
- Home visits will be reduced to an absolute minimum.
- Consultant appointments, including those that currently occur in the local health centres, will take place at St Thomas’ Hospital.
- All scans and specialist midwifery care will take place at St Thomas’ Hospital.
The six community maternity sites are:
If you have any queries about your referral, or if you have a planned appointment and do not hear from us two days before your appointment, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have any enquiries about your postnatal care, please contact the team via email at email@example.com.
For urgent clinical maternity enquiries which require an immediate response, please call us on 020 7188 1722 to speak to someone in the Maternity Assessment Unit.
Stem cell collection suspended
Stem cell collection within the maternity unit has been suspended until further notice. This has been a very difficult decision to make, safety is our top priority and these measures are necessary to reduce the risk of spreading infection.
Visiting maternity during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic
We have made changes to our visiting policies in response to the coronavirus pandemic in order to reduce the spread of infection.
Please see our up-to-date maternity visiting information.