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

  • 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. 
  • One nominated individual per patient will be allocated a 2-hour time slot to see women who have given birth in our postnatal ward
  • For women being induced, when social distancing allows, a nominated individual will be able to stay with them during the daytime
  • A nominated individual is now able to attend the anomaly scan (18-20 weeks gestation) with expectant mothers
  • 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 

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