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Whether you are pregnant and thinking about where to have your baby or someone thinking about joining our team, I am delighted that you have chosen to visit our website.

Our team here is committed to provide the best possible support before, during and after labour and we are delighted that we have recently added ten new midwives to support the increasing numbers of women choosing to have their babies with us. As well as having the only full range of neonatal services in Surrey we have developed a midwife-led birth unit, the Abbey Birth Centre.

   

Visiting Restrictions - Important COVID-19 Update

The safety of our mums and newborn babies is our highest priority. Due to the outbreak of COVID-19, as part of our Infection Prevention and Control strategy, we need to implement a strict visiting policy to help prevent transmission and safeguard those we care for. The restrictions at Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals have been implemented due to the increased incidence of COVID-19 in our local community. We appreciate your support and understanding with these measures.

Important Announcement Regarding Homebirth Services

The maternity team at Ashford and St Peters Hospitals are absolutely committed to providing high quality safe care to our mothers and babies. In light of the current Covid-19 situation and nationwide lock-down, it is with our deepest regret that we have had to take the decision to pause the homebirth service.

This has been an incredibly difficult decision as we have been making good progress with our plans for developing the service which we now need to pause. To help you understand how we came to this difficult decision we have considered the following:

  • The ambulance service is under considerable pressure, and a timely response to calls for transfer to the maternity unit in an emergency cannot be guaranteed.
  • Our midwifery staff numbers are reduced due to many staff being unwell and self-isolating, along with the unprecedented clinical demands on the NHS as a whole

We fully understand that this will be disappointing news for those who were planning a homebirth in the near future. We welcome all women currently booked for a homebirth to attend the Abbey Birth Centre which has a beautiful home from home environment. Our primary concern is to be able to provide you with safe care at all times and we just cannot currently do this at home because of the reasons above.

We will be implementing this pause with immediate effect, and we will be review this decision on a very regular basis taking into account national lock-down restrictions, freedom of movement, emergency response capacity and staffing levels.

We would encourage you to discuss any concerns with your community midwife, our wonderful MVP are also here to support you at this difficult time.

Gemma Puckett, Head of Midwifery
James Thomas, Divisional Director Women’s and Children’s

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Help Us Help You

We would like to assure you that the Maternity Unit will remain open throughout this time and it is important that you attend your check ups and appointments. We would encourage you to seek advice or care if you are concerned about your own wellbeing or that of your baby.

Please speak to a member of the maternity team or call the pregnancy advice line on 0300 123 5473.

For further information, please see here.

Useful Resources

Please read our COVID-19 webpages to find out more information:

  • Visiting the Early Pregnancy Unit
    Please could all patients, however they are referred, call EPU on 01932 722662 before you come to the unit and certainly before you enter the Abbey Wing building.
     
  • Advice for Pregnant Women
    If you or a member of your family or household has a new continuous cough or high temperature, please do not attend the maternity unit or antenatal appointment.
     
  • Maternity Visiting Restrictions
    Due to the outbreak of Coronavirus we need to implement a strict visiting policy in order to safeguard our mums and newborn babies, we appreciate your support and understanding with these measures.
      
  • Breastfeeding Your Baby During COVID-19
    There is a wealth of evidence that breastmilk and breastfeeding reduces the risk of babies developing infectious diseases. Mothers are encouraged to breastfeed directly whenever possible and maximise the amount of breastmilk they are able to provide. At present, there is no evidence that Covid-19 is transmitted through breastmilk. Infection can be spread to the baby in the same way as to anyone else.
     
  • Antenatal Breastfeeding Workshop
    Our antenatal breastfeeding workshop is back up and running from the comfort of your own home. Join our virtual breastfeeding class on Thursday evenings 7-9pm. Recommended for couples who are around 34 weeks pregnant.
     

COVID-19 Screening

At St. Peter’s Hospital our priority is to keep you and your baby safe.

In line with NHS England and Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) recommendations we are now offering a swab to screen for COVID-19 to all women who are admitted into the Maternity unit, regardless of symptoms.

This is to help minimise the spread of COVID-19 in hospitals. Please access the information leaflet which is available here and on the Badgernet portal.

From 7th September, we are extending our COVID-19 testing to include birth partners of women who are having planned caesarean sections. This is to minimise the infection risk within our theatres. Birth partners will need to self isolate following their test until the time of admission. They will be tested at the same time their partner attend their pre-op appointment in Maternity Day Assessment Unit.

A family and newborn baby

 

Our Philosophy of Care

Excellent maternity care is comprehensive and flexible to respond to the clinical and social needs of each family.

We know that every woman, baby and family is unique and will have different needs depending on their own circumstances. We want to work in partnership to help every woman achieve the experience that is right for them.

Our team will ensure that you have the correct information to help you reach the choice and decisions that are right for you. When circumstances mean that the choice has to be changed, we will ensure that we provide information and an explanation for you to understand the reasons for this ... read more.

 

The entrance to the Abbey Birth Centre

 

Introducing the Abbey Birth Centre

We are delighted to announce that Ashford and St Peter’s fantastic new midwifery led birth unit – The Abbey Birth Centre (ABC) has opened to our new mums-to-be. This is a unique NHS facility in the local area and offer an ideal ‘home from home’ setting for women seeking a natural and positive birth experience.

The centre looks and feels very different to a traditional labour ward, with care led by our friendly team of midwives who feel very passionately about promoting and supporting natural birth whenever possible.

Situated next to the existing maternity unit, Abbey Wing at St Peter’s Hospital, the Abbey Birth Centre has been purpose built to provide a homely and relaxing environment, where women who have normal and uncomplicated pregnancies and want to give birth in a less clinical setting. There are four en-suite birthing rooms, three with pool facilities and extra touches such as iPod docking stations and a small outside garden space ... read more

 

Under the Abbey Wing awning

 

How to Find Us

Maternity Services are based in Abbey Wing (shown above), located at the front of the St. Peter’s hospital site in Chertsey, Surrey.

Link to Google Maps

 

Developments in Maternity

Welcome to my monthly video message. This time I’ve been talking to colleagues working in our maternity services in Abbey Wing and the ABC birth unit and finding out about some of the fantastic work that’s going on to improve care to women and their babies.

Importantly I’ve also learnt about some great work – through the Royal College of Midwives’ Caring for You Charter – we are doing to support our team as well.

Suzanne Rankin
Chief Executive

 

Maternity Numbers

Surrey Pregnancy Advice Line
0300 123 5473

Ante-natal Clinic
01932 722389

Maternity Appointments
01932 722366

Joan Booker Ward
01932 722291

Neonatal Ward
01932 722667

Ultrasound Queries
01932 722665

Our Video Tour

Antenatal Education

Find out more about Antenatal Classes

Click here for information about the parent education classes at Ashford & St Peter’s.

If you have any queries please speak to your Community Midwife at your next appointment.

Ready for Pregnancy

Find out more

A 12-month campaign has been launched across Surrey to encourage women to get fit and healthy before they try for a baby. Launched on 3 August, #ReadyforPregnancy aims to raise awareness of how women’s health when they get pregnant affects them and their baby not only throughout their pregnancy, but also at birth.