One of the hardest decisions we have had to make during the pandemic has been the restrictions needed on hospital visiting, and accompanying pregnant women to appointments, to reduce the number of people coming into our hospitals and the risk of spreading the coronavirus. We realise this is really hard for partners and families but we must do everything we can to keep babies, parents and our staff safe.
We have been continually reviewing visiting throughout the pandemic and the latest arrangements for our maternity and neonatal services are as follows:
We are doing everything we can to help families to stay in touch with parents, babies and children in hospital and can also support virtual attendance at all scans and ante-natal appointments. Please speak to your midwife or nurse about this.
The maternity pages have information for women and people who are pregnant. For simplicity of language, sometimes we’ve used the term ‘women’, but this should be taken to also include all people who are pregnant, in labour and in the postnatal period.
If you are pregnant, but don’t identify as a woman, please tell your midwife your preferred pronoun and we’ll make sure it’s used on your records and throughout your care.
There will be someone to take your call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Please call the triage team on 01872 258000 if:
Or you experience any of the following:
Most women usually begin to feel their baby move between 16 and 24 weeks of pregnancy. A baby’s movements can be described as anything from a kick, flutter, swish or roll. The type of movement may change as your pregnancy progresses.
If you think your baby’s movements have slowed down or stopped, call the maternity triage team immediately – do not put off calling until the next day to see what happens.
You can find more information about your baby’s movements on the Kicks Count website
For any questions about your care, pregnancy or baby that aren’t an emergency, please call your community midwives if:
|Bude and Stratton||01288 320131|
|Hayle/St Ives||01736 571202|
|Helston Birth Centre||013269 430221|
|Isles of Scilly||07799 894582|
|Newquay, St Eval and St Columb||01637 834825|
|Redruth and Camborne||01209 842172|
Call your GP in surgery hours, or 111 if your GP is closed.
You can ask to speak to the Head of Midwifery, Deputy Head of Midwifery or the matrons if you are concerned about any aspect of your care. Please call 01872 252685 to make an appointment or arrange a call.
Kernow MVP exists to support the implementation of Better Births across Cornwall and The Isles of Scilly. We listen to and engage with those who have recently used our local maternity services and feed this back to those that commission & provide them.
We recognise the importance of protecting personal and confidential information in all that we do, and take care to meet our legal and other duties. Find out more about our approach to privacy and data protection.
You are in control of your treatment and care. We are committed to the principle of ‘no decision about me without me’, so please feel free to ask any questions at any time about your consent to treatment and care.
You can find out more about what consent means in these videos.