Group B Streptococcus (GBS) in pregnancy and newborn babies

This information is for you if you (or a friend or relative) are expecting a baby, planning to become pregnant, or have recently had a baby.
 

It tells you about group B Streptococcus (GBS) infection in babies in the first week after birth (known as early-onset GBS), and provides links to further information about late-onset GBS infection.

It includes the current UK recommendations for preventing GBS infection in newborn babies.

Click on the link below for more information including printable and audible versions of this leaflet:

https://www.rcog.org.uk/en/patients/patient-leaflets/group-b-streptococcus-gbs-infection-pregnancy-newborn-babies/

 

Cedar Ward Refurbishment - Basildon Hospital Maternity Unit

Cedar Ward Refurbishment - Basildon Hospital Maternity Unit

Basildon Hospital is delighted to inform you that the Maternity ward refurbishment works will commence on Cedar Ward on Monday 1st February 2021. 

We are taking these steps towards improving both the Maternity facilities and environment after listening to feedback from the people that use the service in collaboration with the team that deliver the service. 

This exciting schedule of works are expected to last approximately 8 weeks. 

During this time, it will be necessary to move our antenatal and postnatal ward area to another location within Basildon Hospital. The temporary location for this ward can be found by following signs to SRU which is located on B level

There will be signs providing clear directions and staff available to support you with directions to avoid any unnecessary confusion. 

We will do our very best to keep any noise and disruption to an absolute minimum and would like to take this opportunity to apologise in advance for any inconvenience or disturbance this may cause to you and your family. 

We really appreciate your patience and support during this time.   

If you have any questions or concerns with regard to these works please feel to raise them with any staff member present at the time, or alternatively contact Lesley Overy, Head of Peoples Experience and Engagement for Maternity and Neonatal services. Lesley.overy@btuh.nhs.uk 

We will keep you updated with our progress.

MSE Maternity VTE Awareness Information

MSE maternity services are keen to raise the awareness for women and their families about the signs and symptoms of Thrombosis, how to get help and also the treatments available.

Please see below a series of posters that provide more information and which are available for you to download and print.

INHI Administration [pdf] 2MB

Thrombosis UK - Thrombosis and Pregnancy [pdf] 278KB

Thrombosis UK - VTE - Post-Partum [pdf] 2MB

VTE Signs and Symptoms [pdf] 86KB

Maternity and Neonatal Services Introduction Survey - January 2021

Hello, 

My name is Lesley Overy, and I am a midwife working for Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust (MSE) which includes Basildon, Southend and Broomfield hospitals. We are committed to listening to the voices of women and their families and to making improvements. As a result, we have introduced a new role to prioritise your experience of Maternity and Neonatal Services, and that’s why we are contacting you.

I will be working in partnership with the MVP, (an NHS working group which includes a team of women and their families, midwives and doctors and commissioners) Health Watch, SANDS, and other local support groups including Forget Me Not. The aim is to work together to review and contribute to the development of local Maternity and Neonatal services. 
 
The most important element of this team is YOU, as the members of our community who use our services. Together, we want to make sure that your perspective is at the heart of everything we do.    
 
Please help us to reshape the maternity service in your local area. 
 
We are keen to hear the views and opinions of you and your partner based on your experience of our Maternity and Neonatal services. We need your help to make sure that we meet your needs and improve your local services so these can be of the highest quality for you and your family.

Please could you spare us a few moments of your time to fill in just nine questions– your feedback will be invaluable to us.

Please fill in the survey, feel free to share this post far and wide with women and their partners who have used our services, but please don’t leave comments here at this time. Completing the survey will be much more helpful for us initially and together we can start making things happen.

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/LZ5M3KW

Kindest regards

Lesley Overy
Head of People’s Experience and Engagement. Maternity and Neonatal Services. 

E-Mail: Lesley.overy@btuh.nhs.uk

Maternity services at our MSE hospitals

Our hospitals deliver thousands of babies every year modern, well-equipped maternity units.

Our maternity staff across our mid and south Essex hospitals are committed to providing high quality maternity care for women and their families during pregnancy, labour and after the birth of their baby.

We support women to have a choice of birthplace, as this has been shown to have a positive effect on the birth experience.  The choice of a home birth or birth in our midwife led birth unit will routinely be offered to women with a straight forward pregnancy (no known complications that may affect pregnancy and the birth).

If your pregnancy is not straightforward, it is recommended that, to meet your individual needs you have your baby in our delivery suite. 

Our maternity services support care both in the community and the hospital. This is for women across mid and south Essex, where we provide maternity services in Basildon, Braintree, Chelmsford, Maldon and Southend.


A guide to COVID-19 vaccination

PHE COVID-19 vaccination guide on pregnancy English v2[pdf] 264KB

COVID-19 vaccination: women of childbearing age, currently pregnant or breastfeeding - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

Pregnancy support for our BAME communities

If you are pregnant and you identify as Black, Asian or other Minoritised Ethnicity we want you to know...

We are here to support you

If you are pregnant and you identify as Black, Asian or other Minoritised Ethnicity we want you to know

Contact us:

Southend:
01702 385333

Basildon:
01268 394440

Broomfield:
01245 514130

Maternity Services Update - Visiting Information - December 2020

As you may be aware, within our Maternity Services at Mid and South Essex Hospitals, we have had to make some changes to keep people safe and protected from coronavirus. These changes have included restricting the number of people who can come to our hospitals and clinics. We know how hard this has been for you and your families and thank you all for supporting us to keep  everyone as safe as we can.

We have recently reviewed some of our restrictions in line with the increased knowledge available and would like to update you with the current situation at Basildon, Southend and Mid Essex as follows:

One partner/support person can accompany you to all of your Maternity scans. You will both be expected to wear a surgical mask throughout the whole scan appointment. A visor is available if you are mask exempt.  

Unfortunately at this time, you will have to attend your antenatal appointments without your partner/support person. You can use your phone to face time or video call your partner/support person so they can still be included in the appointment if this is your choice.

One partner/support person can come in with you when you come in for your elective caesarean section if that is your care pathway. Your partner may be asked to return home once you have been admitted and can then return before you go to theatre. 

One partner/support person can come in with you when you come in for your induction of labour if that is your care pathway. Your partner may be asked to return home once you have been admitted and can then return when you are in established labour. 

One partner/supporter can come with when you come in to be assessed to see if you are in labour and can remain with you if you are, until after your baby is born. 

All women are tested on admission for Covid-19. If your test results come back as positive, or you are known to already be Covid positive, your partner will be asked to remain at home to isolate and return when you are in established labour.    

When your baby is born, you will be able to spend some time together in the birthing room. If you are being transferred to the post-natal ward, your partner/support person will be asked to go home to rest and will be given a time to return to see you on the post-natal ward.  

When you go home the midwife will visit you. Please prepare for the visit by airing your home and opening all doors so the midwife does not need to touch the handles. Please can we ask that there are no other visitors in the house at this time. 

Mid Essex Hospital has now commenced partner testing which will take place prior to admission to the wards for Induction of labour, elective caesarean sections or if you are in labour. If your partner/support person’s test result is positive, they will be asked to follow the Government guidance and return home to self-isolate. It is advisable to think about having another birth partner/support person on standby just in case this happens. 

We will keep you updated with regard to the progress for Southend and Basildon with regard to partner testing. 

Please note that children are not currently able to come to the department.

We thank you for being patient, and do understand how difficult this situation is for everyone.

Update for attendance in early labour at Basildon Hospital

As you may be aware, within our maternity service at Basildon Hospital we have had to make some changes to keep people safe and protected from coronavirus. This includes restricting the number of people who can come to our hospitals and clinics. We know how hard this has been for families and thank you all for supporting us to keep everyone as safe as we can.

We are now in a position to review some of these restrictions in line with the increased knowledge available and are pleased to be able to inform you that we can now reintroduce a partner/supporter accompanying you when you come in to be assessed to see if you are in labour. 

Depending on capacity in the waiting area at the time of your arrival, your partner/supporter may be asked to wait outside of the ward area until you are called in for assessment. If following assessment, you are in labour, your partner/supporter can then accompany you to the birthing ward.

When you and your partner/supporter come to the Basildon maternity unit, please see the security guard who will direct you to the Triage ward on level D.  When you get there, please can your partner/supporter wait outside the department whilst you book in at reception.

You will both have to follow Trust’s PPE guidance - wash and sanitise hands, wear a face mask which will be provided (visors available if mask exempt), adhere to two-metre social distancing with other patients, staff and visitors where possible. 

Please note that children are not currently able to come to the department.

Again, we thank you for being patient, and do understand how difficult this situation is for everyone.

Update for attendance: Induction of Labour

As you may be aware, within our Maternity Services at Mid and South Essex Hospitals, we have had to make some changes to keep people safe and protected from coronavirus. These changes have included restricting the number of people who can come to our hospitals and clinics. We know how hard this has been for you and your families and thank you all for supporting us to keep  everyone as safe as we can.

We are now in a position to review some of these restrictions in line with the increased knowledge available and are pleased to be able to inform you that we can reintroduce one partner/supporter accompanying you when you come in for induction of labour. 

When you and your partner/supporter come to the Maternity unit, please see the security guard who will direct you to the ward where you are being admitted to. 

You will both have to follow Trust’s PPE guidance - wash and sanitise hands, wear a face mask which will be provided (visors available if mask exempt), adhere to two-metre social distancing with other patients, staff and visitors where possible. 

Please note that children are not currently able to come to the department.

Again, we thank you for being patient, and do understand how difficult this situation is for  everyone.

Screening tests for you and your baby

Screening tests are used to find people at higher risk of a health problem. This means they can get earlier, potentially more effective treatment, or make informed decisions about their health.

Public Health England provide comprehensive information on all of the screening tests available for you and your baby.

Click on the booklet image below to access this useful resource.

Screening tests for you and your baby

This booklet is also available in the following foreign languages:

Arabic 
Bengali 
Chinese (simplified)
French
Latvian
Lithuanian
Polish
Portugese
Punjabi
Romanian
Somali
Urdu

Your community midwife can discuss screening in more detail and answer any questions or concerns.  


Audio Versions

There are also audio versions (in English) of the screening booklet available here (scroll to bottom of web page).

Maternity services in Chelmsford

Where is the service located: Broomfield Hospital, Fourth Floor of A Block.

The maternity service at Broomfield Hospital provides the following:

Antenatal, Intrapartum and Postnatal care on site.

There are also designated hubs within the community setting where we can provide antenatal and postnatal care in the home setting as well

Contact telephone number for the service: 01245 362305 

Clinic times (start and finish times of clinics, days the service is running):

Antenatal clinics run between 08.00 - 18.00 Monday to Friday
Antenatal/Postnatal Clinic runs 09.00 - 16.00 Saturday and Sunday

 

The early pregnancy unit is temporarily located at A108 D4,D5 and D6 Telephone number ext 3037.

GACU Gynaecology ambulatory care unit is on Mayflower E322 ext 4924.

Maternity services in Braintree

Where is the service located: Braintree Community Hospital, WJC Birthing Centre

The maternity service at Braintree Communtiy Hospital is located at the WJC Birthing Unit, where they provide the following:

 Antenatal clinics, Low risk Intrapartum care and Postnatal care on site as well as in the home setting

The contact telephone number for the service is: 01376 560010.

Clinic times (start and finish times of clinics, days the service is running):

Antenatal clinics run between 08.00 - 18.00 Monday to Friday
Antenatal/Postnatal Clinic runs 09.00 - 16.00 Saturday and Sunday Day
Assessment Appointments 12.30 - 16.00 Every day

Maternity services in Maldon

Where is the service located: St Peter's Hospital.

The maternity service at St Peter's Hospital, Maldon provides the following:

Antenatal clinics, Low risk Intrapartum care and Postnatal care on site as well as in the home setting

Contact telephone number for the service: 01621 725305.

Clinic times (start and finish times of clinics, days the service is running):

Antenatal clinics run between 08.00 - 18.00 Monday to Friday
Antenatal/Postnatal Clinic runs 09.00 - 16.00 Saturday and Sunday Day
Assessment Appointments 12.30 - 16.00 Every day