Maternity triage unit offers 24/7 care for pregnant women

Maternity assessment unit opening
Trust Chief Executive Susan Acott, second from right, with maternity staff at the opening of the new triage unit

Published on 20 December 2019

Pregnant mums can get advice and treatment at a new 24/7 maternity triage unit at the Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother Hospital.

The new service officially opened on Thursday and will be staffed by midwives 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

It is open to women who are at least 16 weeks pregnant and staff hope it will improve care and support for pregnant women.

Hannah Horne, East Kent Hospitals’ deputy head of midwifery, said: “We are delighted to be able to offer our women a dedicated assessment area where they can get checked if they have any concerns.

“It means there is somewhere they can go whatever time of the day or night, and know they will be looked after and given expert advice and support.”

The maternity triage unit is for women who experience any bleeding, are concerned that their waters may have broken, have any itching on the palms of their hands or soles of their feet, have a headache or visual disturbances or have any abdominal pains.

For advice or more information, contact the unit on 01843 234483.