Our maternity services are based at the Royal Victoria Infirmary. We have one of the biggest maternity units in the UK.
Our maternity services
We have a range of services available to help us work with you to plan your care and our highly trained staff work together to ensure that we provide this care to the highest standards.
The maternity assessment unit is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Please do not wait to contact us on 0191 282 5748. Trust your instincts. If something doesn’t seem right, seek advice.
Please call the maternity assessment unit if ;
- Your baby isn’t moving as much as it usually does
- You experience spotting or bleeding from the vagina
- Your pregnancy is high risk and/or you are less than 37+0 weeks and you think your membranes may have ruptured (waters breaking)
- If you have one or more of the following symptoms
- severe swelling to the face and hands
- persistent headaches that don’t go away with paracetamol
- blurred vision or you are seeing spots
- itching to your hands, feet or bump
- a high temperature or you feel hot, cold, achy or shivery
- You are experiencing persistent vomiting that is leaving you unable to eat or drink
- You have any sharp or continuous abdominal pain or you have had a considerable knock to your bump
- If you are having a high risk pregnancy and think you might be in labour
If you are having a low risk pregnancy, you are over 37+0 weeks and think your membranes have ruptured (waters have broken), or if you think you might be in labour, call the labour line on 0191 282 6363.
If you have a general enquiry about your pregnancy, please call your community midwife or your GP who will be able to signpost you to the best advice.
You can call the maternity assessment unit even if you’re unsure of who to contact. We can direct you to the best advice and are always happy to speak to you.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have made a number of changes to the way people access our services. You can find out more here.
These guidelines are reviewed regularly to make sure we can continue to provide you with the safest and most effective care.
We appreciate that a pregnancy is often a family event. Our team are doing everything they can to support your family to be a part of the journey with you, whilst keeping those using our services and our staff safe. We understand that this is a challenging time for all and we want to let you know we are still here for you and we want you to talk to us. Accessing care is now more important than ever. If you have any concerns or queries, please contact the maternity assessment unit, your community midwife or GP.
Please contact maternity reception on 0191 282 5119