Maternity Services

Our Service

We have two maternity departments based at Altnagelvin Hospital in Londonderry and the South West Acute Hospital in Enniskillen:

  • Altnagelvin maternity department is a located in a modern-designed purpose-built unit in the South Wing of Altnagelvin Hospital, opened in February 2009.
  • The maternity department is located on the first floor of the state-of-the-art single room South West Acute Hospital outside Enniskillen.

The Trust also has community midwifery teams who provide services for women in the Limavady, Londonderry, Strabane, Omagh and Fermanagh localities.

Our teams
  • A professional team will care for you during your pregnancy and labour and following the birth of your baby.
  • Obstetricians are doctors who specialise in maternity care
  • Midwives provide complete care during pregnancy and childbirth
  • Community Midwives are midwives who work in your local community
  • Paediatricians are doctors who specialise in the care of babies and children
  • Anaesthetists are doctors who specialise in meical pain relief and are responsible for administering epidurals
  • Physiotherapist provide antenatal and postnatal exercise and relaxation advice
  • Social Workers provide advice and support in many circumstances
  • Dieticians specialise in dietary advice
  • Breastfeeding advisor provides advice and support for mothers with feeding difficulties
  • Parentcraft coordinator provides antenatal education
  • Antenatal screening coordinator is responsible for the screening of all bloods taken and acting on the results, if necessary
  • Supervisor of midwives – is a practising midwives who has been appointed to ensure that the care women receive from midwives is safe and of high quality. She does this by making sure that midwives have up-to-date information and training, and by providing them with guidance and support. If you have any concerns regarding your care contact the relevant supervisor (see Contact Us below).
Referral

As soon as you have a positive pregnancy test you can refer yourself directly for maternity care with your midwife in the Western Trust. Please complete the form below and leave the it at your Health Centre Reception. The Community Midwife will arrange an appointment for you and also notify your GP of your pregnancy.

Self-Referral Form

Paying Patient Form

Maternity Services Booklet

The Western Trust has a Maternity Services Booklet for expecting mums. Our maternity booklet is designed to give you information about your care during pregnancy, child birth and after your birth. We hope that you find this guide helpful as it will give you information on scans, birth plans, induction of labour, midwifery led unit, feeding your baby and much more. However please feel free to discuss any aspect of your care with our midwives and doctors, we are here to help. Click here to view our booklet.

Take our survey

We would love to hear about your experience. Please take a few minutes to complete our online survey here.

Further Resources

 

COVID 19 Arrangements for Maternity Services

Remember you can still contact your own Community Midwife on the number on the front of your Green Maternity Notes.


  • 24 hour 'Pregnancy Advice Line'

    During the COVID-19 pandemic Western Trust Maternity Services have set up a dedicated 24 hour phone line – “Pregnancy Advice Line” for you if you have any specific queries relating to your pregnancy and care.

    Altnagelvin Hospital – 028 7161 1412

    South West Acute Hospital – 028 6638 2175

  • Antenatal Clinic Appointments

    Following on from our latest update on Maternity Services, all routine antenatal appointments have now relocated from Ward 9 back to Clinic 1, Outpatients, Altnagelvin. .

    All consultant antenatal clinics in South West Acute Hospital are transferred to Omagh Hospital

  • Hospital Visiting

    From 6th July 2020 all people visiting/attending any health and social care setting will be required to wear face coverings for the foreseeable future. The public will be required to supply their own face covering and will not be permitted to enter the facility without it.

    For full details of the new visiting guidelines click here.


    Scan appointments

    One nominated partner may accompany a woman attending for the following scan appointments: Dating Scan (from Monday 20 July 2020), 20 week Anomaly Scan, and Fetal Medicine Scan.

    Visiting

    Ante Natal – One nominated visitor may stay for I hour on admission, including women being admitted for IOL. One nominated partner can visit for 1 hour between 7.30pm and 8.30pm

    Post Natal – One nominated person can visit for 1 hour between 2.00pm and 3.00pm or 7.30pm to 8.30pm

    All visitors must remain by the bedside throughout the visit and maintain 2 metre distancing between other visitors

    No visitors under the age of 16 years

    Labour and Birth

    One birth partner may accompany a woman during active birth and labour.

    Further information

    All visitors, accompanying partners and birth partners could be asymptomatic. They must attend with facial mask covering, which should be worn on admission to the individual ward/department.

    All visitors must sanitise their hands on entering the Maternity Building and on admission to the individual ward/department.

    Please note that Face Covering MUST be worn at ALL TIMES while attending any of our Hospitals or Care Settings.

  • Contact Numbers
    • Early Pregnancy Assessment Service (Altnagelvin)
      Telephone: 028 7161 1204
    • Early Pregnancy Assessment Service (South West Acute Hospital)
      Telephone: 028 6638 2000 Ext 254053
    • Fetal Maternal Assessment Unit, (Altnagelvin) Telephone: 028 7161 1412
    • Fetal Maternal Assessment Unit (Omagh and South West Acute Hospital)
      Telephone 028 8283 3100 (24 hour line) Ext 237693
    • Antenatal Ward (Altnagelvin) Telephone: 028 7161 1306
    • Postnatal Ward (Altnagelvin) Telephone: 028 7161 1496
    • Antenatal / Postnatal Ward (South West Acute Hospital)
      Telephone 028 6638 2531
  • Hospital Maternity or Early Pregnancy Assessment Entrances

    Altnagelvin – South Wing Entrance (follow signage)

    Omagh – Main Hospital Entrance

    South West Acute Hospital – GP out of Hours entrance beside A&E entrance for maternityMain front entrance for early pregnancy clinic

  • Virtual Antenatal and Postnatal Education Classes

    NI Antenatal and Postnatal Online Courses

    Parents and Parents-to-be Courses Flyer

    Parents and parents-to-be can now access antenatal and postnatal education courses online.

    Visit inourplace.co.uk and use the access code: NIBABIES

    Online Antenatal Breastfeeding Workshop

    Click here to access the Online Antenatal Breastfeeding Workshop.

  • COVID19 Maternity Website

    For more information, guidance and updates on changes to maternity services in Northern Ireland and signposting of how to access services visit:

    www.ni-maternity.com

     

  • Breastfeeding Information

    During this period of COVID19 arrangements, these are links and support services that may help you on your breastfeeding journey

    Breastfeeding workshop for advice and information on managing your breastfeeding.

    Association of Breastfeeding Mothers advice on support new breastfeeding mothers during COVID19

    Virtual Breastfeeding groups

    Breastfeeding Peer support volunteers

    UNICEF Baby Friendly breastfeeding resources

    UNICEF BabyFriendly breastfeeding refresher sheets during COVID19


Locations where this service is delivered


Contacts

Midwives Supervisor - Altnagelvin and Parentcraft Classes

Call us02871345171

Midwives Supervisor - South West Acute Hospital

Call us02866382000

Maternal and Fetal Assessment Unit

Call us02871611412