Supporting you during your pregnancy

Supporting you during your pregnancy

Pregnancy care

When you decide to book your care with us here at Whipps Cross Hospital, we ask that you complete antenatal self referral form Whipps Cross hospital [docx] 186KB which you can either hand in to our Antenatal Clinic reception or email to us at bartshealth.wxmaternityappts@nhs.net. You can also ask your GP to refer you to us but this may take longer.

You will be offered a booking appointment with a midwife, where we will find out more about you and your new pregnancy and ensure you have received an appointment for your first scan. 

Midwifery care (community and hospital)

For your postnatal care, our community midwifery teams cover the designated areas of Redbridge and Waltham Forest.

We use the continuity of carer model with the aim of ensuring that you receive dedicated support throughout your pregnancy and after your birth from the same team.

Caseloading
The Caseloading Team Midwives provide continuity of carer support from your booking appointment, antenatally, intrapartum wherever you decide to deliver and to postnatal care after your birth. These appointments are carried out in your own home for your convenience. The Caseloading Team will be transitioning into a Homebirth Team in the new year (2023).

Emerald Team 
The Emerald Team Midwives are based at Whipps Cross Community Hub and antenatal and postnatal clinics are held at:

  • Chingford Health Centre, 109 York Road E4 8LA
  • Silverthorn Centre, 2 Friars Close E4 6UN
  • Handsworth Medical Practice, Handsworth Avenue
  • Orchards Children’s Centre, Liston Way IG8 7BL
  • South Woodford Health Centre, 114 High Road E18 2QS
  • Hainault Health Centre, Manford Way Chigwell IG7 4DF

The Team covers E4,E18,IG8, and part of IG7. 

Diamond Team
The Diamond Team Midwives are based at Whipps Cross Maternity Hub and antenatal and postnatal clinics are held at:

  • Wood Street Health Centre, 6 Linford Road E17 3LA
  • Leyton Green Clinic, Leyton Green Road, E10 6BL
  • Cyberlink Clinic, 51 Beaumont Road, E10 5DE
  • Allum Medical Practice, Fairlop Road, E11 1BN
  • Wanstead Place Clinic, 35 Wanstead Place, E11 2SW

 The Team covers parts of Waltham Forest, Redbridge and Out of Area (E10 ,E11). 

Opal Team
The Opal Team Midwives are based at Midwives are based at Whipps Cross Maternity Community Hub  and Antenatal and Postnatal clinics at:

  • Cranbrook Children’s Centre, The Drive Ilford, IG1 3PS
  • Aldersbrook Children’s Centre, Ingatestone Road, Wanstead, E12 5HE
  • Redbridge Children’s Centre, College Gardens, IG4 5HW
  • Hainault Health Centre, Manford Way, Ilford, Chigwell, IG7 4DF

The Opal Team covers parts of Redbridge (IG1,IG2,IG4,IG5,IG6). 

Topaz Team 
The Topaz Team Midwives are based at Whipps Cross Maternity Community Hub and Antenatal and Postnatal Clinics:

  • Forest Road Medical Centre, 354-358 Forest Road, E17 5JL
  • St James Health Centre, 47 St James Street, E17 7NH
  • Comely Bank Health Centre, 46 Ravenswood Road, E17 9LY
  • Wood Street Health Centre, 6 Linford Road, E17 3LA

 The Team covers parts of Waltham Forest, the E17 area. Each community midwifery team provides cover for the home birth service.

Ruby Specialist Team
The Ruby Specialist Team Midwives are based in the Antenatal Clinic at Whipps Cross Hospital.  The Team caseloads pregnant women with complex factors and aims to empower and support women throughout their pregnancy into parenthood.  They liaise with other multi-agency professionals to ensure that families are supported and have positive outcomes. 

Hospital Midwifery Team
If you have additional risk factors such as multiple pregnancy, you will be offered appointments to see the hospital midwives in the Antenatal Clinic.

Antenatal clinics

Contact details

Clinic

When

Shared care (Mr Vimplis, Mr Wong, Ms Aref-Adib, Ms Oliver, Mr Visvanathan)

Monday mornings (alternate); Mon afternoons (alternate); Thursday mornings (alternate)

Preterm Birth (Ms Gorry)

Wednesday mornings

Multiple Pregnancy and Fetal Medicine (Ms Kotecha)

Monday mornings

Maternal Medicine including Joint Obstetric Haematology, Joint Obstetric Neurology (Ms Allen, Dr Wiles, Dr Theodoulou and Dr Pakozdi)

Monday afternoons

Perinatal Mental Health and Neurology (Mrs Thamban)

Wednesday afternoons

Previous 3rd/4th degree tears and High Risk Pregnancy (Ms Oliver)

Wednesday afternoons

Lotus Clinic - Female Genital Mutilation (Ms Oliver)

Wednesday afternoons (monthly)

Obstetric Anaesthetic Clinic (Ms Anaesthetist Oteri)

Monday afternoons

High Body Mass Index (Ms Ms Kotecha)

Tuesday afternoons (alternate)

Breech Clinic (Ms Gorry)

Monday afternoon

Birth Options clinic

Our 'birth options' clinics are led by the consultant midwives who will make a management plan with you for giving birth. The clinic provides an opportunity for women who have previously had a caesarean section, traumatic birth or requesting care outside guidelines to explore the birth choices for their current pregnancy.

During this appointment we will review your previous notes and talk through your birthing wishes.

Wednesday

Diabetic Antenatal Clinic (Mr Dawlatly and Miss Cheong-See)

Friday Morning and Tuesday afternoon for type 1 Diabetic women only)

Antenatal screening

Our screening team is responsible for running the six Antenatal and Newborn Screening Programmes.

The Team  is based in the Antenatal Clinic. They can be contacted on 02085356530 Monday-Friday or you can email them.

Screening tests during pregnancy and beyond include:

  • Routine blood tests at your first appointment which includes checking your glucose level, blood group and iron levels. All pregnant women are offered testing for hepatitis B, HIV and syphilis.
  • Blood testing and ultrasound scanning for Down's, Edwards' and Patau's syndromes.
  • A detailed ultrasound scan at around 20 weeks of pregnancy.
  • A top-to-toe new-born physical examination offered to your baby within 72 hours of birth.
  • Newborn hearing screening.
  • Newborn blood spot (sometimes called "the heel prick test") at around five days after birth.

Screening timeline

To give you more information about screening tests for you and your baby, Public Health England have produced a booklet explaining the screening tests in detail.

The screening timeline explains which screening tests will be offered during your pregnancy and after your baby is born.

You can access this information here.  A digital copy will be given to you by your midwife.

Antenatal Scans

Obstetric ultrasound scans

Our obstetric ultrasound scanning unit is located in the Antenatal Clinic. There are five dedicated scan rooms and our team is made up of seven sonographers including midwife sonographers. Please find more details about the scans offered in pregnancy here

Scan appointments are offered Monday to Saturday at Whipps Cross Hospital. You may be offered additional scans for uterine artery doppler screening at your anomaly scan, scans to check your baby is growing well and scans to recheck where your placenta is. At your routine scan appointment, we can arrange for a photo to be printed. They are currently free of charge.


Fetal Medicine Unit (FMU)

Our Fetal Medicine Unit team is made up of 4 consultants and a specialist midwife. We offer individualised care to you and your family when there is a concern about the health of your unborn baby.

The FMU diagnoses and manages:

  • Chromosomal abnormalities
  • Genetic conditions
  • Structural fetal defects
  • Fetal conditions that require surgical follow-up after birth
  • Suspected fetal growth restriction or small for gestational age fetus
  • Multiple pregnancy (twins and higher order)
  • Pregnancies affected by red cell antibody incompatibility
  • Diagnoses of chromosomal and genetic syndromes by invasive testing (amniocentesis and chorionic villus sampling) 

The FMU clinics take place in our scanning unit which is situated in the Antenatal Clinic and the clinics run every Monday / Tuesday / Wednesday / Friday mornings and Thursday afternoons.lead Consultants are Miss Allen, Miss Gorry, Miss Kotecha and Mr Dawlatly.

Antenatal Results and Choices
Down’s Syndrome Association
Twins Trust
The contact number for the fetal medicine specialist midwife, Nadine Wright is 0208 535 6530 / 07927683224.