Important information for all women about Coronavirus, Covid -19 and antenatal appointments


Attending antenatal and postnatal care when you are pregnant and have a new baby is really important to ensure the wellbeing of you and your baby.

If you are well, you should attend your antenatal care as normal. If you or a member of your household have Covid-19 symptoms, and you have an appointment due in the next 14 days you should call 020 8934 2949 Monday to Friday, 08:30-16:00hrs for advice. A midwife will discuss your appointment with you and arrange the right place and time to come for your appointments. You should not attend an antenatal clinic appointment if you or a member of your household feels unwell.

If you can’t get through on this number, you can call your midwife and leave a message for them. Your midwives contact number is recorded on the front cover of your maternity notes. Our midwives will return your call as soon as possible, but if your call is urgent, please do contact the 24 hour maternity triage service on

Tel: 020 8934 2802.

Midwives and doctors will continue to see you at the hospital and in the community clinics. They will be delivering some antenatal appointments by phone and you will be contacted directly if your appointment will be by phone.

Please follow this link for national up to date information on Covid-19 and pregnancy:

https://www.rcog.org.uk/en/guidelines-research-services/guidelines/coronavirus-pregnancy/covid-19-virus-infection-and-pregnancy/

Guidance on social distancing:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-on-social-distancing-and-for-vulnerable-people

Stay at home: guidance for households with possible coronavirus (Covid-19) infection:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/stay-at-home-guidance-for-households-with-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection

To reduce the number of people coming to the maternity unit we have limited visitors to the maternity unit to partners only. Partners are able to be on the antenatal ward from 08:00 until 22:00. Women are able to have one birth partner with them in labour and on the postnatal ward areas.

Kingston Hospital NHS Foundation Trust Maternity Homebirth Service Re-Instated

We are pleased to provide an update on the decision to temporarily suspend the homebirth service offered by Kingston Maternity Unit.

The London Ambulance Service has informed us that they are now able to provide a timely response to maternity emergencies which may happen in the community.

While we know that homebirth is a safe option and emergencies are rare, we are assured that our ambulance service colleagues are now able to attend when we most need them in the event of an emergency.

All women already booked for care with our Kingston Homebirth Team have been informed personally by the homebirth team midwives that the service is now re-instated.

We had previously contacted all women who are booked for care with the Home Birth Team that we hoped the suspension of this service was likely to be temporary and we would inform them again when the situation changed. We apologise for any changes to women’s birth plans that this has caused, however the safety of women and their babies is our primary concern, as always.

Please do speak to your midwife if you would like any further information about Home Birth.


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