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.
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 partnership with the specialist Liverpool Women’s Hospital where extra advice can be sought.
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.
Other specialist clinics. These may occur alongside general clinics and include mental health, vaginal birth after Caesarean section, multiple pregnancy and postnatal perineal care.
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