Obstetric/consultant led clinics

Obstetric Consultants

Supported by staff grades, specialist trainees and junior doctors

We are a popular hospital for medical training the Mersey Deanery

Antenatal Clinics

We look after pregnant women from Southport and Ormskirk and surrounding areas including Formby and Crosby, Knowsley, Kirkby, Maghull, St Helens and Rainford, Hesketh Bank and Tarleton, Upholland, Skelmersdale and Wigan.

General clinics are held at both Southport and Ormskirk hospitals.

We hold specialist clinics at Ormskirk hospital. These include:

Fetal Medicine Clinic

The clinic is held twice a week and comprises a multidisciplinary team of a consultant obstetrician, senior midwife and ultrasonographer. Women with complex fetal problems will be seen in this clinic. For instance, there may be a maternal illness that might have a bearing on the pregnancy, there may be a family history or a previous history of a fetal problem or there may be occasions when a structural fetal abnormality has been picked up on routine scanning that needs confirmation and subsequent management planning.

This clinic is also responsible for caring for women with a high risk for Down’s syndrome or other chromosome defects. Combined screening incorporating a nuchal translucency scan and a first trimester blood test, amniocentesis and chorionic villus sampling are offered locally in this clinic.

If necessary we have a fantastic partnership with The Liverpool Women’s Hospital, our tertiary centre, where extra advice can be sought.

Joint Medical Disorders Clinic

The clinic is held once a week and comprises a dedicated team of two consultant obstetricians, two consultant physicians, diabetes specialist nurses, diabetes specialist midwives and dieticians.

Women with existing medical disorders or those with a medical problem that occurs during pregnancy, are seen within this clinic. The most frequent condition seen in this clinic is diabetes, either pre-existing or gestational, which is when it occurs for the first time in pregnancy. Other conditions include high blood pressure, asthma, epilepsy, chronic bowel conditions or heart problems, but there are many others too.

The aim of the clinic is to optimise pre-existing medical problems before pregnancy, to monitor them during pregnancy and ensure a healthy mother and baby at the conclusion of the pregnancy.

Women may be seen for follow up postnatally and provision for ongoing medical care arranged.

Pregnancy Assessment Unit

There is a Pregnancy Assessment Unit which is open during weekdays. Here women will be seen by midwives and checks will be made on both the mother and the baby. Reasons to attend the unit include reduced fetal movements, a small or large baby, outpatient monitoring of high blood pressure including pre-eclampsia and the testing for gestational diabetes. The equipment within the unit is state of the art and includes computerised assessment of the cardiotocograph (CTG, heart rate monitor) to help identify the baby at risk. If required, the latest ultrasound machines are used to assess fetal anatomy and growth and the estimated fetal weight is plotted on a customised growth chart generated for the woman based upon her Body Mass Index, ethnicity and number of previous children. This helps detect a small baby and allows for subsequent care plans to be made.

Pre-operative assessment for planned caesarean section and MRSA screening also takes place within this clinic. Arrangements are also made to see a consultant anaesthetist if this is required to plan for any special anaesthetic needs.

Other Specialist Clinics

These may occur alongside general clinics and include mental health, vaginal birth after caesarean section (VBAC), multiple pregnancy and postnatal perineal care.