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
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
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
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
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
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