Services
Maternity & Gynaecology
About Us

Our team are experts in maternity and gynaecology care; midwives, nurses, obstetricians, gynaecologists, paediatricians, neonatal nurses, other professionals and support staff all work together to deliver an excellent, safe, and quality service. 

Maternity – To achieve women's expectations we aim to offer a friendly, supportive and safe service for women, their partners, babies and their families. We believe in promoting normality in pregnancy and labour and we strive to maximise one to one care during labour, promotion of skin to skin and breastfeeding. 

We have Baby Friendly Accreditation Stage 3 with UNICEF.

We will support our women in their choice of where to have their baby either in the home or at the hospital, which is a modern build providing a spacious, clean bright environment for women who decide to choose us.

  • Women have antenatal care in the community setting provided by the Trust community midwifery teams who also provide 24/7 cover for home births
  • If a woman chooses to have her baby at the hospital, we have a modern Delivery Suite with 14 fully equipped rooms, inclusive of a birthing pool and a selection of birthing aids that women can use.
  • Women and their baby can go home from the Delivery Suite if clinically well.  Or they will be cared for on the Maternity Ward 2E.  The majority of women who have vaginal births can go home within 24 hours of birth, when their care is transferred to the community midwifery teams
  • We have Bereavement Suite facilities on the Delivery Suite and the support of the bereavement midwives.
  • We have a number of specialist midwives  –  young parents, weight management, mental health, infant feeding, antenatal screening, parent education, substance misuse.
  • We provide / support parent education, breastfeeding support, aquanatal and service tours
Antenatal and Newborn Screening - Screening tests are used to find people at higher risk of a health problem. During your pregnancy, you will be offered screening tests to try to find any health problems that could affect you or your baby.
The tests; ultrasound scans, blood tests and a questionnaire - can help you make choices about care or treatment during your pregnancy or after your baby is born. Some tests are offered for your baby soon after he or she is born, so your baby can be given appropriate treatment as quickly as possible if needed.

Gynaecology – We provide extensive outpatient and inpatient gynaecology services at both Whiston and St Helens Hospital inclusive of :- colposcopy, vulvoscopy, hysteroscopy, post-menopausal bleeding clinics, oncology, uro-dynamics, enhanced recovery programme.
We also provide an appointment led Bleeding in Early Pregnancy Clinic (BEP) and Miscarriage .

BEP (Bleeding in Early Pregnancy Clinic)

Whiston Hospital
Warrington Road
Whiston
L35 5DR

CONTACT DETAILS AND OPENING TIMES FOR TRIAGE

0151 430 1737
0151 290 4356

Monday – Friday  09.00 – 12.00 Noon
(excluding bank holidays)

This is an appointment only clinic and you will need to be triaged via the telephone by a member of the BEP team.

From this triage you may be given an appointment for a blood test or a scan.


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Senior Team Members

Consultant Obstetricians and Gynaecologists

Mr T Idama
Mrs N Srivastava
Mrs S Pankaja
Mr P Morgan
Mr H Hamed
Mrs S Rao
Mr T Kundodyiwa
Miss V Cording
Miss C Stewart
Mrs S Palaniappan
Ms T Safdar
Mr C Nwosu
Miss Z Boyes

Midwifery Managers

Head of Midwifery – Susan Ainsworth
Maternity Matron – Nicki Jones
Community Matron – Amy Helmy
Maternity Matron for Quality and Safety – Jacqui Kourellias
Named Midwife for Safeguarding Children – Sharon Wilson

Consultant Anaesthetic Leads

Dr V Goel
Dr C Mollitt

Ward Managers/Community Team Leaders

Women's OPD – Sharon Bell
Delivery Suite – Danielle Chambers
Maternity Ward – Paula Phillipson
Community Midwifery – Andrea Brooke
Midwifery Led Unit – Tracy Thomas

Gynaecology Managers

Directorate Manager – Anne Stott
Gynaecology Matron – Jennie Heraty

Ward Managers

Gynaecology Ward – Stacey Mooney


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Location

Maternity OPD, Ward 2E and Delivery Suite is located on level 2 at Whiston Hospital

Gynaecology Outpatient & Specialist Services is on located level 2 at Whiston Hospital and at St Helens Hospital

MLU is located on level 2 at Whiston Hospital

Gynaecology Ward 3E and BEP is located on level 3 at Whiston Hospital


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Contact Us

​Dial 0151 426 1600 and ask for the required department / staff member


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Other Information

Nursing & Midwifery Council - http://www.nmc.org.uk/

NHS England - http://www.england.nhs.uk/


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Latest Update

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Coronavirus update for maternity services

We are making changes to keep mums, babies and families safe:

Click here to watch a short film about pregnancy and Coronovirus: https://youtu.be/C0YhaVLqs8c

Maternity Triage

If you are worried about the health of you or your baby during pregnancy, you can still call our Maternity Triage team on 0151 290 4489 for advice and support.

If you think your baby's movements have reduced, then you must call the number above. You can also visit this website for more information: www.kickscount.org.uk 

Admissions 

If you need admitting to our pre or post natal wards you will be swabbed to test for Covid-19, even if you do not currently have any symptoms. If you test positive for the virus,  you will be cared for in a seperate area to those without the virus and will continue to receive the highest standards of care. Social distancing will be maintained at all times throughout the unit.

Appointments

Maternity care is essential, and has been developed over many years with improving success to reduce complications in mothers and babies. The risks of not attending care include harm to you, your baby or both of you, even in the context of coronavirus. It is important that you continue to attend your scheduled routine care when you are well.

  • If you have a routine scan or appointment due in the coming days we will contact you to discuss any changes. If we make any changes to your upcoming appointment we will telephone you, otherwise please attend as planned.
  • If you or someone who lives in your household has got symptoms of Covid-19, please contact us through maternity triage on tel: 0151 290 4489 so that we can review your plan of care and take appropriate safety measures. 
  • We may offer you a phone or video consultation to replace your upcoming appointment, but we will discuss this with you first.

  • Please do not bring anyone to your appointment — you must attend your appointment alone to help prevent the spread of infection. 
Scans
  • Please do not bring anyone to your scan appointment — you must attend your appointment alone to help prevent the spread of infection. 
Birth partners and visitors
  • You may have one named birthing partner with you whilst you are on Delivery Suite.
    Partners will not be allowed onto the ward if you remain in hospital after delivery.
  • We cannot allow any visitors.
  • We cannot allow partners to stay overnight in the ward areas. 
Covid-19 screening
We are now offering routine swabbing for Covid-19 to all admission. Click here for more information

Antenatal classes and tours
  • Until further notice, antenatal classes, tours and drop-in sessions are cancelleduntil further notice. 

Care at home after the birth

  • The community midwives will call you at home between 9am-12pm the day after you are discharged from hospital to provide a telephone consultation.

  • This phone call will be from a withheld number and we ask you to ensure you have your phone close to you while waiting for your community midwives to contact you.

  • During this consultation, the midwife will discuss all the necessary postnatal information for you and your baby and make a plan of care with you. You will not receive a home visit the day following discharge, unless it is clinically indicated for you and/or your baby.
     
  • Prior to any visit planned between you and your community midwifery team, you will be contacted by telephone to ensure that you and household are not self-isolating.

  •  If you or a member of your household have any symptoms of Covid-19 while still receiving postnatal care in the community it is important that you contact us.

  • Visits to your home will only be when it is essential and cannot be dealt with over the phone. You and your baby will receive a visit at home on day 5 where we will offer your baby the Newborn Blood Spot Screening and to weigh your baby. Your community midwife will perform some of this consultation over the phone outside your home to keep the contact inside your home to a minimum.

  • Please prepare for this visit by considering the following: Plan which room you will take the midwife into, in this room we ask that where possible that it is just you and your baby and ensure there is access to a sink where your midwife can wash her hands. Your midwife may then leave the home to complete the consultation over the phone.
    Click here for how to prepare your home for a home visit
    If for whatever reason a midwife does not call by 1pm, please contact the community office on 0151 430 1492.

Smoking and Covid-19

Click here to read advice for parents around smoking and Covid-19

Family wellbeing

Our services remains open in lockdown – you are not alone.  

You do not have to wait for an emergency situation to find help. If domestic abuse is happening to you,

it's important to tell someone and remember you're not alone.

One in four women experience domestic abuse or domestic violence at some point in their lives.

Pregnancy is known to be a trigger for domestic abuse and abuse may get worse during pregnancy or after the baby is born. 

During the Covid-19 lockdown there is support and help available to you from your Midwife, Obstetrician, GP or Health Visitor.

Below are the links to further information and there is a 24 hour National Domestic Abuse Helpline 0808 2000 247

Cover your tacks online http://safe2speak.co.uk/cover-your-tracks/

Email - helpline@womensaid.org.uk

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/domestic-abuse-pregnant

https://www.nhs.uk/report-domestic-abuse

https://www.bestbeginnings.org.uk/domestic-abuse

https://www.nationalhelpline.org.uk/contactus?

The First step Knowsley -  https://www.thefirststep.org.uk/  phone 0151 548 3333

St Helens Domestic Abuse Support   http://safe2speak.co.uk/  phone 01744 743200

Black Mum Magic Project

You should call 999 if you're in immediate danger.

More Information

For more information and advice please visit the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) website.



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Patients are eligible for free NHS treatment at St Helens and Knowsley Teaching hospitals NHS Trust if they are: Ordinarily resident in the UK or: Overseas visitors, but entitled to free NHS services under the National Health Service (Charges to Overseas Visitors) Regulations

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