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In this section, you can read recent news articles about the maternity department.

 

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New Pregnancy Advice Line launched to provide additional support and advice to pregnant women

Published: Monday, 9th April 2018

From 8am on Monday 9th April 2018, a designated telephone advice and triage line will be available for pregnant women to access advice and support 24 hours day, 7 days a week from a midwife.

 
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The Butterfly Project at our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

Published: Thursday, 29th March 2018

Sadly, parents expecting twins are more likely than those expecting a single baby to experience complications and tragically this can sometimes lead to the loss of one of the babies.

 
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Success for our Infant Feeding Team

Published: Friday, 23rd March 2018

We are delighted to announce that our Infant Feeding Team’s skin to skin initiative ‘Project Joey’ has been highly commended by the London Maternity and Midwifery Festival in the team award category, on Tuesday 13th February. ‘Project Joey’ set up by Jo Wilding-Hillcoat, Infant Feeding Team Leader Midwife, aims to provide the ‘birth centre experience’ of uninterrupted skin to skin time with their baby as soon after birth as possible for all mothers including those needing care in theatre.

 
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Mothering Sunday at the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

Published: Friday, 16th March 2018

Angela Gray, an employee of Morrison’s of Woking, very kindly donated 30 gift bags to neonatal intensive care unit. The gift bags contained pillows, key rings, cotton wool and mittens for mums on the ward over Mothering Sunday. Angela just wanted to say thanks for all the assistance she received herself from NICU for the birth of her children, including Noah who was born last Easter.

 
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Premature Babies are helped by ‘Octopus’

Published: Thursday, 25 January 2018

Volunteer, Sue Morris and a team of collaborators have been knitting octopuses for the neonatal unit at Ashford and St Peter's Hospitals to help premature babies. Sue said: "We are a group of people who crochet and knit little octopuses and jellyfish to comfort babies who decided to come into the world a little earlier than expected."

 
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Bumps and Pumps – new support group launched for mums with Type 1 Diabetes

Published: Thursday, 18 January 2018

Ashford and St Peter’s have recently launched a support group for mums, or mums to be, that have Type 1 Diabetes and use an insulin pump. The support group was set up by Jo McBride our Diabetes and Insulin Pump Specialist Nurse and is held in our specialist diabetes centre Stephanie Marks.

 
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Special visitor to maternity at St Peter’s Hospital

Published: Thursday, 2nd November 2017

On Friday 27th October the maternity team at St. Peter’s Hospital welcomed Gill Walton, recently appointed as the new Chief Executive and General Secretary of the Royal College of Midwifes (RCM).

 
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A big welcome to the new midwives who have started at the Trust

Published: Friday, 20th October 2017

Lauren Brown, Practice Development Midwife, recently welcomed a group of around 20 new midwives on board at Ashford & St Peter’s (ASPH). She said: “The midwives are dedicated to helping us achieve our 4 P’s “Patients First, Personal Responsibility, Passion for Excellence and Pride in our Team. I look forward to watching them develop their careers at our hospitals”.

 
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A mum, baby and midwife reunion

Published: Thursday, 11th May 2017

Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust marked this year’s International Day of the Midwife by reuniting mums who had their babies at St Peter’s Hospital with the Midwives who helped deliver them. The Abbey Wing at St Peter’s hospital played host to the event last week which saw mums and midwives mingling and discussing life pre and post maternity.

 
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Head midwife at Ashford and St. Peter’s Hospitals makes pledge to care for colleagues

Published: Monday, 5 December 2016

Jane Urben, Divisional Chief Midwife for Ashford and St. Peter’s Hospitals, has signed the Royal College of Midwives’ (RCM) ‘Caring for You’ charter, which is a commitment to improve the health, safety and wellbeing of her team of midwives, student midwives and maternity assistants at work.

 
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New SAFE test introduced for pregnant women

Published: Monday, 25 July 2016

The maternity unit at St Peter’s Hospital is offering a new, non-invasive prenatal test, known as ‘SAFE’, to evaluate with remarkable accuracy whether a pregnancy is at risk of certain chromosomal conditions, such as Down’s syndrome.

 
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Celebrating International Nurses Day

Published: Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Making a mark on International Nurses Day, Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust celebrated their fabulous nursing and midwifery staff, by conducting their very own special event - ‘Pride in Nursing and Midwifery Day’ - with over 140 people attending.

 
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‘Pretend mum’ helps maternity team practice for emergencies

Published: Tuesday, 17 May 2016

The maternity department at Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has been awarded a £30,000 government grant to buy a new life-like birthing simulator called SimMom. The realistic mannequin has accurate anatomy and functionality, complete with a ‘bump’ and a birthing baby inside, so the team can practice different labour and birth scenarios.

 

Maternity Numbers

Surrey Heartlands 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

Visiting Times

Joan Booker Ward (Antenatal and Postnatal)

08.00hrs-13.00hrs for partners only

13.00hrs-22.00hrs for all other visitors. No more than 3 visitors at a time.

Children under 16 cannot visit at any time unless they are the brother/sister of the new baby

 

Labour Ward Visiting Hours

Partner allowed anytime

In labour a maximum of two birthing partners.

For all other visitors - visiting times are 2-4pm, 6-8pm. Only two visitors at a time during this period.

Children under the age of 16 are not able to visit unless they are siblings.

This is to improve patient safety, reduce infection risks, maintain a lean environment and to allow families quiet time to bond with their baby.