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Maternity care reorganised to protect women and babies

Wed, 01 Apr 2020

Changes are to be made to the way expectant mums are cared for by midwives and the maternity service, to reduce the risk of infection from coronavirus.

In line with measures to prevent people attending hospital wherever possible, it’s proposed that most antenatal appointments are conducted in the community, rather than at Noble’s as at present. This would include a woman’s first appointment with the midwife, as well as subsequent routine check-ups and meetings during her pregnancy.

Some appointments will continue on a face-to-face basis at a GP surgery or other suitable venue, while others will be conducted by telephone, including conversations with an obstetrician where appropriate. Ultrasound scans, when clinically indicated, will take place at Noble’s Hospital and arrangements for women who need follow-up appointments and further scans will be made to suit individual circumstances.

Details of the plan for maternity care are available online on the Government’s dedicated coronavirus website at:

Post-natal checks and baby clinics have also been reorganised, with home visits being replaced with regional clinics on a hub basis.



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