Maternity services at UCLH
We strongly advise that well women still attend their antenatal appointments as planned. However, please note if you or a family member has a fever or a NEW continuous cough then you are required to self-isolate for 14 days. If you are struggling with symptoms please get advice at: https://111.nhs.uk/covid-19 .
For hospital-based appointments, there will be a face-to-face screening (questions about your wellbeing) at the ground floor reception in the Elizabeth Garrett Anderson Wing (EGA). Please allow extra time ahead of your scheduled appointment as the screening check may take some time.
In partnership with our Maternity Voices Partnership and the UCLH Infection Control team, in response to the surge of infections within London, we have had to urgently revise our Maternity visiting policy with immediate effect in order to protect our patients and staff.
The following visiting will be continue to be supported:
One support partner to:
- Maternal Fetal Assessment Unit with signs of early labour or bleeding
- 12- and 20-week Ultrasound scanning appointments
- All Fetal Medicine Unit appointments
- Appointments with compassionate grounds
- 36- and 40-week midwife appointments
- Admissions for Induction of Labour
- Admissions for Labour and Birth
Unfortunately, we have had to temporarily suspend visiting to our:
- Postnatal Ward (Maternity Care Unit)
- Admissions onto Antenatal Care Ward
Please be assured that we will be reviewing these restrictions regularly. Once infection rates in London are at a safer level, we will review our visiting policy and update the website and contact service users directly via their MyCare app.
Many thanks for your understanding during this difficult time. Please always contact your midwife for any concerns and attend our Maternal Fetal Assessment unit if you are worried about bleeding or reduced fetal movements.
We have converted all appropriate antenatal appointments into virtual (telephone or video) however the majority of Maternity care requires a face-to-face appointment. Please be assured that all necessary precautions have been taken to keep your care safe.
One of the midwifery or administrative team will let you know your timeslot at the earliest opportunity.
These restrictions only apply to hospital attendances. For community appointments please check with the clinic.
A lot of our obstetrician appointments have been changed to telephone consultations rather than face-to-face appointments in the hospital, again to avoid unnecessary travel for you and to reduce footfall in a health setting. You should have received a text message regarding this. Please be aware that all our ultrasound scanning appointments and some midwife appointments, including your first booking appointment, will remain face-to-face appointments in the hospital as normal. If you have any queries or are concerned about coming in then please call and we will be able to help.
Our group appointment sessions have been cancelled until further notice. This includes
- Breastfeeding classes
- Antenatal classes
- 16-week group class.
We have set up a YouTube playlist of videos to cover all areas including: antenatal class information, giving birth, tours of wards and key information during COVID-19.
If you are scheduled for an induction of labour or an elective caesarean section, or any other elective activity with us, you will be called by a clinician the day before who will screen you verbally for symptoms of COVID-19.
If you have concerns about reduced fetal movements, waters have broken/leaking, vaginal bleeding, regular painful contractions, severe abdominal pain, flashing lights/visual disturbance and/or migraines or any other emergency concerns or symptoms we still advise that you should attend the 24 hour Maternal and Fetal Assessment Unit (1st floor, EGA Wing UCLH), please contact them prior to coming if you have a fever or NEW continuous cough so that they can arrange for you to go directly into a side room.
Postnatal Visitor Policy Survey:
If you have been an inpatient on our Maternity Care Ward since the pandemic began, you will have experienced our adjusted visiting policy. We would really value your feedback as to how you found this experience.
Please take part in a quick survey. Thank you.
If you are in labour:
If you think you may be in labour please contact our team so that they can prepare for your arrival. If you wish to have a water birth or use one of our birth pools for labour, let the team know when you call so they can ensure availability.
If you have any concerns about your pregnancy and need advice, please contact your named midwife (the name and number should be on your maternity notes) or our team on the numbers below:
Tel: 020 3447 9400 - Select option 2 if you think you may be in labour (24 hours a day).
Tel: 020 3447 7113 - at all other times.
Home births - Temporary suspension
As we continue to deal with an increase in Covid-19, hospitals are having to change the way they deliver services. To ensure that women and their babies have the safest birth possible, hospital trusts across North Central London are putting in new measures.
Due to the current impact of the pandemic the London Ambulance Service is no longer in a position to guarantee an ambulance response to those women choosing to plan their birth at home, or within one of the capital’s three stand-alone birth centres. Because of this, regrettably the following trusts are temporarily suspending home birth services:
- North Middlesex University Hospital
- Royal Free London
- University College London Hospital
- Whittington Hospital.
Coronavirus is having a significant impact on all NHS services across the country and we are doing everything we can to ensure that the safety of women and their babies is not compromised.
All trusts will be contacting the women who were planning to have a home birth in the coming weeks to explain the changes and discuss alternative options with them. We know that these are extremely difficult times and we want to do whatever we can to reassure women due to give birth and support them to have a safe delivery.
This has been an extremely tough decision for us and the hospitals, given the importance of respecting and honouring the birth plans that women have chosen. However, we hope you understand that this is the only safe course of action at this unprecedented time.
We will continue to closely monitor the situation and home birth services will be restored as soon as it is safe to do so.
Please see below helpful links for information regarding Breastfeeding, as we have had to cancel our Breastfeeding Antenatal Classes during this time:
We understand that having a baby is one of the most important experiences of your life.
You will have particular expectations of your birth that are important to you: where you want your baby to be born, who will be with you and the type of care you get.
For some, engaging with maternity services can be a little daunting and you will want access to appropriate information and safe guidance to help you make informed choices and decisions about your pregnancy.
The maternity team at UCLH will listen to your hopes and concerns and can suggest helpful and practical ideas to help you.
The Elizabeth Garrett Anderson (EGA) Wing provides comprehensive, high quality care with the latest technology for women and their babies in the areas of gynaecology, maternity and neonatal care. Find out more in the video below.
- After the death of your baby: A guide to what options are available
- Birth after caesarean section - Making the right choice for your birth
- COVID-19 - Information for women and their families
- External cephalic version
- Fetal monitoring in labour
- Group B Streptococcus
- Infection control on the neonatal unit
- Information for private maternity patients
- Local Anaesthetic - Surgical Management of Miscarriage
- Nausea and vomiting in pregnancy
- Newborn BCG Vaccine
- Perineal care after childbirth
- Planned elective caesarean section
- Planning to have your baby at the EGA Wing at UCLH
- Pregnancy of an unknown location
- Pregnancy: 11- to 14-week scan
- Vitamin K prophylaxis
- Women who decline blood and blood products
- Zika virus