When you need to come into the maternity unit because you are in labour or if you have any other concerns that your GP or midwife feel need assessing in the hospital you will be seen initially in the Acute Assessment Unit (AAU). This area is located on St Catherine’s ward and staffed by experienced midwives who will complete an initial assessment and ensure an appropriate plan for your care is immediately put in place.
Sometimes, if you become unwell during your pregnancy you may need to stay with us. You may also need to have your labour induced at the end of your pregnancy. If that is the case we will care for you on St Catherine’s ward.
During your stay, your partner is able to stay with you if you would like. Visiting hours are 10am - 12pm, and 3pm - 7pm for all other family members as we try to encourage rest during your admission.
Throughout your pregnancy you will be closely monitored by both midwives working within the hospital and those in the community. You will have a named midwife responsible for your care and you are welcome to contact her should you have any specific worries or concerns. If a problem does occur during your pregnancy you will be referred to one of our consultants for an appointment.
Our Planned Assessment Unit is located on level G on St Catherines Ward and provides care for women who are experiencing complex pregnancies. The unit is open 8am-8pm, six days a week, and is staffed by a team of experienced midwives and obstetricians. You may be given an appointment to attend here if you require regular monitoring for a wide variety of conditions such as diabetes or raised blood pressure.