Note to visitors - Coronavirus (COVID-19)

As part of our continued actions to protect the community regarding COVID-19 and keep the hospital running, we would respectfully request you to consider the changes we have made to members of the public visiting patients in the Trust

Update from Monday 5th October: 

We are delighted to be able to be in a position to open up further visiting within Maternity. The two changes we are able to make are:

Opening up the early scan (undertaken at approximately 12 weeks gestation and also referred to as the dating or screening scan) for someone else to come along. This will mean that for both routine scans, someone can attend alongside expectant Mums.

Allowing a birth partner to join expectant Mums when they attend for assessment because they are possibly in labour. Previously birth partners did not come along until labour was confirmed.

This is reflective of ongoing risk assessments within the Maternity setting.

This does not include inductions at this moment in time but this will be reviewed, as the framework suggests, in a stepwise approach with a plan to looking at this in the next few weeks.

COVID-19 visitors note: 

  • One nominated individual per patient will be allocated a 2-hour time slot to see women who have given birth in our postnatal ward
  • Visits to all adult inpatient wards at Derriford Hospital are suspended with the exception of visiting for patients at the end of life and for parents and carers in women’s and children’s areas
  • Single birthing partner will be able to stay during your time on central delivery suite. 
  • A nominated individual is now able to attend the early scan (undertaken at approximately 12 weeks gestation and also referred to as the dating or screening scan)
  • A nominated individual is now able to attend the anomaly scan (18-20 weeks gestation) with expectant mothers. This will mean that for both routine scans, someone can attend alongside expectant Mums.
  • In paediatrics and on our neonatal unit, both parents/guardians will be permitted to visit their child together.

For details about each change (and exceptions) can be found here.

All scans are now being undertaken on the UHP site. It is intended that once sonography establishment increases, UHP will resume growth scan schedules in accordance with Saving Babies Lives. In order to continue to keep footfall to a minimum and to allow for social distancing in the waiting areas, women are still being asked to attend for scans and clinic appointments alone (with the exception of the 20 week anomaly scan).

Welcome to our Maternity Service

As exciting as pregnancy is, there are many decisions to make and questions to answer. 

We have designed this website to help you and your family have the best possible experience of our service at this very special time.

There are opportunities throughout the site to meet some of the team and see videos and photos of the department. 

Why not start with my colleague Cayleigh giving you a tour of the unit?

As you explore the site further we very much hope that it will support the care being provided to you antenatally in both answering questions and familiarising you with the department. 

Nearly 5000 babies are delivered with us every year. We are incredibly proud of our service and absolutely committed to its continual development Image of a play button

If you would like to contact me with any suggestions or feedback please email me at susanwilkins1@nhs.net 

Kindest Regards,
Sue Wilkins
Head of Midwifery/ Associate Director of Nursing (Womens and Neonatal Services)

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Maternity Line

The Maternity Line number is 01752 430200.

The Maternity Line is for all calls related to pregnancy from 20 weeks gestation, labour and newborn babies.

Before 20 weeks gestation the GP should be contacted

If it is an emergency, 999 should be called.

Your experience

Your experience is important to us, please contact me with your feedback:
Sue Wilkins,
Head of Midwifery/Associate Director of Nursing and Director of Maternity Services

susanwilkins1@nhs.net