Maternity care is shared between the doctors and community midwives. As soon as pregnancy is confirmed, please make a first antenatal appointment with the midwife, approximately at eight weeks. You will then receive details of your community midwife and she will also organise further appointments for an ultrasound scan, blood tests and a consultant appointment at the James Paget Hospital.
Most antenatal appointments are held here at the surgery with the community midwife. After delivery, the community midwife will visit regularly to check the health and wellbeing of both you and your baby. You will then be referred to a health visitor for continued care. At six weeks, postnatally, you and your baby will be offered a joint appointment with the doctor for a postnatal check and a development check for your baby.
In common with most practices in the area, we do not provide routine care for home deliveries.
District nurses look after patients who are confined to their homes and need nursing care. They also provide any nursing care you may need after being discharged from hospital. If a doctor feels that you may need assistance from the district nurses, they will make the necessary arrangements. Messages can be left for the district nurses by telephoning the surgery on 01502 565936.
The wellbeing and healthy development of children forms a major part of the work of the health visitors. They are happy to advise you about the health and welfare of family members.
They can be contacted on 0345 607 8866.
For more information, please visit ECCH: Health Visiting.