Whether you are pregnant and thinking about where to have your baby or someone thinking about joining our team, I am delighted that you have chosen to visit our website.
Our team here is committed to provide the best possible support before, during and after labour and we are delighted that we have recently added ten new midwives to support the increasing numbers of women choosing to have their babies with us. As well as having the only full range of neonatal services in Surrey we have developed a midwife-led birth unit, the Abbey Birth Centre.
Providing Safe Maternity Services at ASPH
We were extremely saddened to read the recently published report into maternity services at Shrewsbury and Telford and understand that our families in Surrey may have concerns about their care and that of their baby.
We would like to assure you that the safety of our birthing services is our top priority. The maternity services provided by Ashford and St Peter’s Hospital are committed to providing safe birthing services, and we continue to work with system partners to improve our services. We are also reviewing the recommendations from the Ockenden Report to ensure we are following the latest best practice.
An update on visiting at Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals
Visiting is no longer restricted to two hours, and visiting is no longer required to be booked by telephone. Please ensure that you visit during the normal ward visiting times. Please note that no more than two people should visit a patient at any given time.
Click here for more information and exceptions to visiting times.
Update to Infection Prevention and Control Measures at ASPH - Face Masks
Due to the prevalence of COVID-19 in the community falling, we have taken the decision to remove mandatory mask wearing for visitors, patients, and staff in non-clinical areas of the hospitals across the Trust.
Surgical face masks will still be required to be worn by staff and members of the public when visiting wards and clinical areas. Face masks will be available in the main entrances of the hospitals and in clinical areas.
We will continue to closely monitor the situation and will update you with any further changes to our Infection Prevention and Control measures.
Thank you for your continued support.
Andrea Lewis, Chief Nurse
David Fluck, Medical Director
|Antenatal / Scan Appointments / Triage||One chosen birth partner.|
|Joan Booker Ward (Antenatal and Postnatal)||One chosen birth partner between 10am-8pm and children of the mum / parent who is an inpatient on the ward - no other children to attend the ward.|
|Labour Ward / Abbey Birth Centre||Two birth partners at any point in labour|
Our antenatal classes are up and running via Teams. The course comprises of 3 sessions; 2 with a midwife and 1 with member of the infant feeding team delivered am or pm with one each week on a Tuesday. They can be booked via EventBrite via the link below.
Our Homebirth Service is running as normal.
If you are healthy, are having an uncomplicated pregnancy and live within the area where we provide a community midwifery service, you may want to consider a homebirth as an option. Homebirth has been shown to reduce the likelihood of interventions in health pregnancies. Homebirth is not an advisable option should a complication arise in your pregnancy, or if you have either a medical or obstetric history that indicates that a hospital birth is more appropriate.
We aim to run a 24-hour service but very occasionally this not possible because the community midwives maybe attending another homebirth or it maybe due to staff sickness. On these very rare occasions your Midwife will keep you informed and explore other options with you.
We would like to assure you that the Maternity Unit will remain open throughout this time and it is important that you attend your check ups and appointments. We would encourage you to seek advice or care if you are concerned about your own wellbeing or that of your baby.
For further information, please see here.
Please read our COVID-19 webpages to find out more information:
- Visiting the Early Pregnancy Unit
Please could all patients, however they are referred, call EPU on 01932 722662 before you come to the unit and certainly before you enter the Abbey Wing building.
- Advice for Pregnant Women
If you or a member of your family or household has a new continuous cough or high temperature, please do not attend the maternity unit or antenatal appointment.
- Maternity Visiting Restrictions
Due to the outbreak of Coronavirus we need to implement a strict visiting policy in order to safeguard our mums and newborn babies, we appreciate your support and understanding with these measures.
- Breastfeeding Your Baby During COVID-19
There is a wealth of evidence that breastmilk and breastfeeding reduces the risk of babies developing infectious diseases. Mothers are encouraged to breastfeed directly whenever possible and maximise the amount of breastmilk they are able to provide. At present, there is no evidence that Covid-19 is transmitted through breastmilk. Infection can be spread to the baby in the same way as to anyone else.
- Antenatal Breastfeeding Workshop
Our antenatal breastfeeding workshop is back up and running from the comfort of your own home. Join our virtual breastfeeding class on Thursday evenings 7-9pm. Recommended for couples who are around 34 weeks pregnant.
At St. Peter’s Hospital our priority is to keep you and your baby safe.
In line with NHS England and Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) recommendations we are now offering a swab to screen for COVID-19 to all women who are admitted into the Maternity unit, regardless of symptoms.
This is to help minimise the spread of COVID-19 in hospitals. Please access the information leaflet which is available here and on the Badgernet portal.
From 7th September, we are extending our COVID-19 testing to include birth partners of women who are having planned caesarean sections. This is to minimise the infection risk within our theatres. Birth partners will need to self isolate following their test until the time of admission. They will be tested at the same time their partner attend their pre-op appointment in Maternity Day Assessment Unit.
- Download our leaflet: Screening for Coronavirus (COVID-19) Infection
Our Philosophy of Care
Excellent maternity care is comprehensive and flexible to respond to the clinical and social needs of each family.
We know that every woman, baby and family is unique and will have different needs depending on their own circumstances. We want to work in partnership to help every woman achieve the experience that is right for them.
Our team will ensure that you have the correct information to help you reach the choice and decisions that are right for you. When circumstances mean that the choice has to be changed, we will ensure that we provide information and an explanation for you to understand the reasons for this ... read more.
Introducing the Abbey Birth Centre
We are delighted to announce that Ashford and St Peter’s fantastic new midwifery led birth unit – The Abbey Birth Centre (ABC) has opened to our new mums-to-be. This is a unique NHS facility in the local area and offer an ideal ‘home from home’ setting for women seeking a natural and positive birth experience.
The centre looks and feels very different to a traditional labour ward, with care led by our friendly team of midwives who feel very passionately about promoting and supporting natural birth whenever possible.
Situated next to the existing maternity unit, Abbey Wing at St Peter’s Hospital, the Abbey Birth Centre has been purpose built to provide a homely and relaxing environment, where women who have normal and uncomplicated pregnancies and want to give birth in a less clinical setting. There are four en-suite birthing rooms, three with pool facilities and extra touches such as iPod docking stations and a small outside garden space ... read more
How to Find Us
Maternity Services are based in Abbey Wing (shown above), located at the front of the St. Peter’s hospital site in Chertsey, Surrey.
The Award-Winning, Free Baby Buddy App Comes to Surrey
The free multi-award-winning, interactive pregnancy and parenting app Baby Buddy is now available in Surrey to support parents, co-parents and caregivers. It provides trusted, evidence-based information and self-care tools, based on the latest research and is endorsed by the Royal College of Midwives and Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.
Baby Buddy aims to empower you to build your knowledge and confidence, from early pregnancy to your child’s first with:
- Fun, engaging interactive features to ‘learn without the burn’
- A huge video library – including tips on breastfeeding and the Small Wonders Change Programme for premature and low birthweight babies
- Out of the Blue – videos promoting mental health
- Support and advice particularly tailored to dads
- ‘Today’s information’ - personalised, bite-size daily updates
99% of parents using the app say that it’s easy to use and has helped them to take care of their children, making them feel more confident.
Dr Ranj Singh has been involved in the development of Baby Buddy from the beginning. He says, “As a paediatrician, I think Baby Buddy is a gamechanger – it’s easy to use, it’s easy to understand and it’s free. Crucially, I know that the parents and caregivers that use the app are getting evidence-based information that they can trust. And finally, here is an excellent resource that’s not just for mums; it’s also for fathers, co-parents and caregivers too.”
Download the app from your usual app store by searching on ‘Baby Buddy’.
Information about access to our Maternity and Gynaecology Ultrasound can be found on the AccessAble website.