Maternity arrangements during the coronavirus pandemic

For the safety of you and your baby, as well as our staff, please attend all appointments alone.

UPDATE Thursday 23 July

From Thursday 23 July, your nominated birth partner is now welcome to attend with you on admission to Labour ward. All visitors will be asked to wear a face covering.

From Monday 29 June, women attending their 20 week scan can be accompanied by one person. Please do not enter the building more than five minutes before your appointment time and wear a face covering (fabric that covers your nose and mouth such as a scarf).

Our wonderful radiology team perform your scans in small rooms so this unfortunately also needs to be limited to just you and our staff member for all other scans. We will ensure you leave us with images from your scan free of charge to share with your partner/family after you leave. You are very welcome to arrive with your partner, who can wait outside/in the car for you which would mean that, for the small number of women who unfortunately receive sad news, we can call your partner and they can be with you quickly.

If your partner is unable to attend the 20 week scan but you would like to discover the sex of your baby together, please ask and we can put this in a sealed envelope for you to open together after you have left.

Our absolute priority is for you and your baby to be safe during this challenging time. If you have any concerns, please speak to your midwife. We are here for you and thank you for your amazing resilience and support.

Visiting: From Thursday 2 July, visiting on Freya Ward will be by appointment only. Following the birth of your baby, one named birthing partner will be able to arrange to visit at a set time for up to two hours. Please contact the ward on 01935 384303 to arrange and we ask that you support us by leaving at the end of your allocated time and ensure you arrive wearing a face covering (fabric that covers your mouth and nose).

SCBU: Both parents will be able to visit at the same time. Please arrive wearing a face covering.

Please wearing a face covering when you visit Yeovil Hospital (you will not be required to wear a face covering during labour). Click here for more information.

Do NOT visit the hospital if you are feeling unwell – this includes symptoms of the coronavirus or for 48 hours after sickness.

Please refer to Yeovil Hospital Maternity Unit Facebook page for up-to-date local information or speak to your midwife. For general advice on the coronavirus, please follow Government advice on Gov.uk or nhs.uk

Please follow the links to the latest information Leaflets from NHS England around Coronavirus.

Coronavirus: Looking after yourself and your baby in pregnancy
https://www.england.nhs.uk/coronavirus/wp-content/uploads/sites/52/2020/05/C0441-Maternity-Leaflets-CV19-Looking-After-Yourself.pdf

Coronavirus: Planning your birth
https://www.england.nhs.uk/coronavirus/wp-content/uploads/sites/52/2020/05/C0441-maternity-leaflets-cv19-planning-your-birth.pdf

Coronavirus: Parent information for newborn babies
https://www.england.nhs.uk/coronavirus/wp-content/uploads/sites/52/2020/05/C0441-maternity-leaflets-cv19-parent-information.pdf

Maternity

Yeovil Maternity Service serves the population of East Somerset and North Dorset and is based at Yeovil Hospital. Women who choose to come here are cared for by a friendly, experienced team of midwives who, together with their obstetric and paediatric colleagues, strive to achieve excellent outcomes for mothers and babies.

Women can choose to have their babies at home, in the maternity led unit or in the obstetric unit. We are fully supportive of low risk women who choose to have their babies at home with our home birth team or in Meadow suite – an alongside midwife led unit. Women coming into the maternity unit to have their babies are looked after in one of our en-suite birthing rooms, most of which have lovely views over Yeovil and surrounding countryside.

The midwives work in one of five community teams across the area, with a linked midwife providing antenatal clinics for each GP practice, usually in the surgery. The Midwives also run a daily drop in service based at the hospital for postnatal appointments with no need to book in advance.

For women choosing us to care for them during pregnancy, birth and beyond, we aim to provide high quality maternity care with a personal approach. We are very proud of the fact that our midwives prioritise providing one to one care in labour to support women and their partners through this life changing event. Through giving women the confidence to give birth naturally we find that many are able to avoid prolonged or difficult labours.

We equally strive to ensure that women with risk factors are fully supported throughout their pregnancies and receive an excellent standard of high risk care in labour with close monitoring from our consultant obstetricians and their teams.

For those with access to Facebook, the maternity team runs a page with up-to-date information about clinics, contact numbers and much more, including the launch of our monthly Facebook Live session with our midwives. The sessions are on a variety of topics and get saved on the page so they can be watched again at any time. For our Facebook page, click here

What mum says…

Fantastic care provided – staff were very helpful and went out of their way to help me provide the best care for my baby whilst also meeting both our health needs to a high standard.”

About the maternity department

Sallyann Batstone – Interim Head of Midwifery

Alison Dennett – Maternity Matron

Dawn Sherry – Named Midwife for Safeguarding

Nicki Crouch – Maternity Risk Manager

Stephanie Larcombe  – Transformation Lead Midwife

Cher Smith – Public Health Midwifery Clinical Lead

Bev Barrett – Digital Lead Midwife

 

Cedar Midwives cover the furthest boarders of the Yeovil catchment area and cover GP surgeries at Apples, Bruton, Castle Carey, Grove Medical Centre, Milbourne Port, Queen Camel, Wincanton and Yetminster.

Each surgery has an appointed midwife attached to each surgery that regularly runs an antenatal clinic however you may see a different midwife within the team during your antenatal and postnatal care. Due to the small number of women in some of these areas some antenatal clinics run every other week.

The Cedar team also run a postnatal clinic from the Balsam Centre in Wincanton every Friday from 9am-11pm. Please book these directly with the Balsam Centre as this is no longer a drop in service.

To speak with a member of the Cedar team please call 01935 384449. This is not a manned telephone line but for all non-urgent enquires please leave your name, telephone number and a message. A member of the team will contact you within the next working day.

 

 

Cedar Team Community Midwives:

Sue Andrews

Vanessa Monk

Lisa Bradshaw

Sally Keeping

Lydia Clews

Sarah Riggs

Oak Team cover GP surgeries at Preston Grove, Penn Hill, Ryalls Park and West Coker.

Each surgery has an appointed midwife attached to each surgery that regularly runs an antenatal clinic however you may see a different midwife within the team during your antenatal and postnatal care.

To speak with a member of the Oak team please call 01935 384808. This is not a manned telephone line but for all non-urgent enquires please leave your name, telephone number and a message and a member of the team will contact you within the next working day.

Oak Team Community Midwives:

Lin Crocker Eakins

Caroline Loader

Beth Long

Maple Team cover central Yeovil run antenatal clinics from the following GP surgeries: Abbey Manor Medical Practice and Oaklands / Boots (Diamond Group)

Each surgery has an appointed midwife attached to each surgery that regularly runs an antenatal clinic however you may see a different midwife within the team during your antenatal and postnatal care.

To speak with a member of the Maple team please call 01935 384914. This is not a manned telephone line but for all non-urgent enquires please leave your name, telephone number and a message and a member of the team will contact you within the next working day.

Maple Team Community Midwives:

Jane Kennard

Nadine Horgan

Hannah Perkins

Katy Parker

Yoshi Calloway

Vicky Kennedy

Kathy Brunt

Rowan team cover GP surgeries at Crewkerne, Illchester, Martock, Somerton South Petherton and Stoke Sub Hamdon.

Each surgery has an appointed midwife attached to each surgery that regularly runs an antenatal clinic however you may see a different midwife within the team during your antenatal and postnatal care . Due to the small number of women in some of these areas some antenatal clinics run every other week.

Rowan team midwives also run a drop in service at Ashlands Children Centre in Crewkerne every Friday morning from 9.30am to 11.30am.

To speak with a member of the Rowan team please call 01935 384489. This is not a manned telephone line but for all non-urgent enquires please leave your name, telephone number and a message and a member of the team will contact you within the next working day.

Rowan Team Community Midwives:

Carmel Moore

Sophie Smith

Julia Evans

Sarah Warman

 

Fern team are our newest midwives and are completing their first preceptorship year as qualified midwives after graduation as students. Fern team rotates throughout community, antenatal clinics and labour ward to gain additional skills within their first year as qualified midwives.

 

We are also pleased to provide a small team of midwives who specialise and are passionate about homebirth and are pleased to support low risk women who choose to have their baby at home. Please see the Homebirth Page for more information if you are considering a homebirth or would like to discuss the options available to you.

Team leader: Lily Tiller

Sarah Champion

Tarnya Price

Sara East

Florbela Vaz

 

The Acorn team is made up of specialist midwives: Jacqueline Cole and Paula John. They care for vulnerable women with additional needs in their pregnancy. This can include women who have a history of substance or alcohol abuse, domestic violence or social services input. The Acorn team are able to provide further support and information on a range of subjects including finance, housing and additional health support.

The team also provides specialist care for young parents under the age of 19 to give additional support throughout pregnancy. Jacqueline is able to run antenatal classes and activities for parents-to-be under 19 years old who can meet up with other young mums.

Day Care Assessment Unit (DCAU) is a small team of midwives that run the daily outpatient clinic. The midwives work alongside our obstetric colleagues to provide care for women needing extra monitoring in their pregnancy.

Sally Culliford

Rachel Edwards

Kerry Casey

Trudie Fage

Meg Perkins

Lucinda Breadon

We also have a variety of midwives who also work within specialist roles within different areas of maternity

Sara Stride – Midwifery Lecturer Practitioner

Sally Culliford – Practice Educator

Natalie Avery/ Amy Simpson – Antenatal and Newborn screening coordinator

Judy Atkin – Midwifery lead for labour ward

Lily Tiller – Midwifery lead for community

Cher Smith – Public Health Lead Midwife

 

Ground floor

The ground floor of the Women’s Hospital contains the main reception area, antenatal clinic and scan department. Antenatal clinics, booking appointments and midwives drop in services run from the ground floor and operate daily.

The ground floor of the women’s hospital has a private room with a baby chancing area and space for those wishing to breastfeed whilst waiting for appointments who require the privacy to do so.

There is also a small coffee shop located directly at the entrance, opening on weekdays from 09.30-16.30 which sells hot drinks, snacks and light refreshments. There is also access to the garden of remembrance from the back of the coffee shop.

First Floor

Jasmine is a ward situated in the Women’s Hospital on the first floor, specialising in gynaecology. Staff care for ladies undergoing elective gynaecological surgery and run specialist Colposcopy, Fast Track, Menorrhagia and Gynaecology Minor Procedure clinics

Jasmine ward also provides care for women experiencing problems in early pregnancy, up to 20 weeks’ gestation. Early Pregnancy Assessment Clinic (EPAC) and Emergency Gynaecology Assessment Unit (GAU) services are also located on Jasmine ward.

Second floor

On the second floor is Freya Ward staffed by midwives to provide antenatal and postnatal care for women and their babies. Freya ward consists of 15 beds including two newly refurbished en-suite side rooms and a single private room.

There is also a small kitchen area for women to help themselves to refreshments and a nursery with areas to bath and change babies.

Visiting times for Freya Ward are between 10am and 10pm for parents and their own children/stepchildren (any age)

All other visitors are permitted from 2pm – 7pm

*please note that children are under 11 years are not allowed on Freya Ward

We kindly ask that you do not bring flowers to Freya ward when visiting friends and family.

Special Care Baby Unit (SCBU) is also located at the far end of Freya ward on the 2nd floor. SCBU has recently been fully refurbished, thanks to the fundraising efforts of Yeovil Hospital Charity’s Flying Colours Appeal and have facilities to care for up to eight babies.

Day Care Assessment Unit (DCAU) is located on  floor 2 and is run by a small dedicated team of midwives alongside obstetricians to provide antenatal outpatient services for women with high risk pregnancies or those requiring extra care on an appointment based system.

Third floor

The labour ward is on the third floor and is dedicated to the care of women in labour or those in need of care from over 20 weeks’ gestation. The five labour rooms are named after flowers and have specially commissioned art work, all refurbished labour rooms have a private ensuite bathroom and ensure a cosy and comfortable home from home feel, ideal for labour.

Labour ward also offers a large birthing pool in our Waterlily room located across the main corridor for added privacy.

Maternity theatres are located at the far end of Labour ward and staff are able to deliver both emergency and elective care for women requiring caesarean section, emergency or operative procedures.

Pick up and drop-off spaces

Pick up and drop-off spaces, offering a maximum of 20-minutes free parking, are available outside the Women’s Hospital entrance. These are monitored by automatic number plate recognition cameras. Vehicles parked for longer than the allowed time in these areas or other parts of the hospital site may incur a parking charge notice.

Please use these spaces for drop-off and collection only.

More information about getting to Yeovil Hospital and parking can be found here:

Car parking and how to find us