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Dorset Maternity Voices on Facebook

Please read this update from Dorset Local Maternity and Neonatal System on local maternity services (text below).#dorsetmaternityvoices #hereforyouFull text:Dorset Local Maternity and Neonatal SystemIssued January 2022 - Update from Maternity ServicesAs you know every part of the NHS is currently under extreme and sustained pressure. We would like to take this opportunity to reassure you that, your Maternity Services are open for business and here to support you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Our priority is always to support you to have a safe and positive pregnancy and birth experience, to do this we need to ensure you have all the information you need to make informed decisions about your care. It is important you have all the information when making choices about where you want to birth your baby. If, given all the information, you choose to birth at home we will support you and provide you with safe and personalised care. However, due to extreme pressures there may be times when we need to make changes to services and this may include homebirths. This is reviewed daily. We realise how difficult it is currently, as the COVID-19 Pandemic continues and we know that information about health options during your pregnancy and birth are essential to you when making choices. To ensure you remain well, we are strongly advising you to get a COVID-19 booster vaccination as soon as possible. There are increased risks to you, your baby and your health, if you should get COVID whilst pregnant, especially if you are not vaccinated. Vaccination is recommended at any stage of pregnancy so please do not delay. You can book your vaccination online or by calling 119. Walk in vaccinations are also available. For the latest info about where you can get your jab in Dorset see here: https://www.dorsetccg.nhs.uk/vaccinations/sites/ If you test positive for Covid-19 please contact our 24-hour triage line below, so you can receive the correct care. Please remember partners must provide evidence of a negative lateral flow test when attending hospital or community appointments with you – full guidance of the time frame for tests is available on the Maternity Matters Dorset website. Maternity units will no longer be able to supply tests for routine appointments, so it’s essential that you keep your own supply as they will not be able to accompany you without evidence of a negative test result registered on the NHS website or NHS Covid19 app. At times there can be a high demand for tests, so please order well in advance. As you may know, the ambulance service is facing extremely high demand at the moment and because of this, it is possible response times in the community will be longer than usual. If you choose to give birth at home, there may be a chance of a delay if you require ambulance transfer to hospital or if you call an ambulance during your pregnancy. It is important you are aware this could happen, and your midwife will also talk to you about this.If you become unwell or have any concerns about your health, including your baby’s movements, we advise you to call our Labour Line, our maternity triage line as soon as possible for advice. Our midwives are available 24 hours a day. Please do not wait until the situation becomes serious, we want to be able to see you early and ensure you get the care or support you need. Labour Line, Maternity triage line – 0300 369 0388 24 hours a day 7 days a week. Your Community Midwife will discuss your pregnancy and birth plans with you during your appointments. The senior management team is available and if you would like to discuss anything further or have any concerns, please contact us: Dorset County Hospital, Director of Midwifery; Jo.Hartley@dchft.nhs.uk University Hospitals Dorset (Previously Poole and Bournemouth), Director of Midwifery; Lorraine.Tonge@uhd.nhs.uk Maternity Voices Lead Representative, Rachel Filmer; Maternityvoicesdorset@gmail.com ... See MoreSee Less
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