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Antenatal triage

Our antenatal triage unit is an assessment ward for women who have a variety of pregnancy related issues from 17 weeks gestation until the onset of labour. Women with concerns before this gestation should contact the early pregnancy assessment unit (EPAU) on 01702 385534.

In addition to hospital assessment, we also operate a telephone triage service, offering support and advice. On occasions it may be more appropriate for you to attend your GP, accident & emergency department or community midwife for further assessment and this will be advised at the time of the call.

We do not operate a walk in service and will invite you to attend for further assessment, if required.  Please contact us by telephone for advice to ensure you are seen in the correct environment to meet your needs. 

Our direct dial telephone numbers are  01702 385301 or 01702 385486 

We are open from 07.00 to 18.30 and our service operates 365 days a year.  Calls received outside of these hours are automatically transferred to staff on our central delivery suite (CDS) who will be able to help you.

 

Frequently asked questions

Q. I am experiencing pregnancy sickness

A. Nausea and vomiting is a symptom of pregnancy that affects most women. It begins in early pregnancy most commonly between 4th and 7th week and usually settles by 12-14 weeks, although in some women it may last longer. Although often referred to as morning sickness it can occur at any time of the day and night.

The Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists provides information here on what you can do to help and when to seek advice if the symptoms do not settle.

There is also information here from Pregnancy Sickness support, a UK charity that supports sufferers of both Hyperemesis Gravidarum and nausea and vomiting in pregnancy.

In addition to the above, your hand held notes contain information on how to obtain assistance and advice. 

Q. When should I feel my baby moving?

A. You will begin to feel some movements between 18 and 22 weeks.  Later in pregnancy it is important to be aware of the baby's activity. A change in the movements could indicate that the baby is not doing well and needs checking.  The Royal college of Obstetricians & Gynecologists provides information here regarding your baby's movements.

The Kicks Count website also has resources and information leaflets that advise you on your baby's movements in pregnancy. 

Q. What foods should I avoid in pregnancy?

A. There are some foods to avoid or take care with when you're pregnant, because they might make you ill or harm your baby.  Read more about foods to avoid on the NHS Choices website.

Q. I have been told I am GBS positive.  What does this mean?

A. Group B streptococcus (GBS) is a common bacterium found in the vagina and bowel of about 2 in 10 women in the UK.  Being a carrier is not harmful to you and GBS is not sexually transmitted.

Many babies come into contact with GBS during labour or birth.  The vast majority of babies will suffer no ill effects.  However, if GBS is passed from you to your baby around the time of birth, there is a small chance your baby will develop an infection and become seriously ill.

The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists provide comperhensive information on current UK recommendations for preventing GBS in newborn babies here