Maternity

Whether you are pregnant and thinking about where to have your baby or someone thinking about joining our team, I am delighted that you have chosen to visit our website.

I hope you find the information useful but if there is something you would like to know and you cannot find the information here, why not give Rebecca, my secretary, a call (01932 722903) or email at maternity.mailbox@asph.nhs.uk and she will be able to put you in touch with the right person to talk to (please note emails to this mailbox are checked Mon-Thurs 0800-1630 only).


Sandra Houston
Head of Midwifery and Gynae Nursing



Useful Contacts

For queries regarding ultrasound appointments please call 01932 722665


If you need any urgent clinical advice please call:
If you are less than 12 weeks pregnant, you can also call:


(EPU opening hours are Mon-Fri 0900-1300)


New Special Care Unit for St. Peter’s Hospital

St. Peter’s Hospital is proud to announce a new 9 bed Special Care Unit for mothers and their babies. The new SCU is replacing the old 6 bed transitional care unit and will be part of, and managed by, the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. It will be staffed by neonatal nurses and led by Sister Therese Nursey.

Therese explains, “The aim of the SCU is to keep mother and baby together when the baby needs extra special care, for example when the baby is premature, needs monitoring, and/or requires IV fluids.” She continues, “Preventing separation of the mother and baby allows for quicker bonding, less anxiety, and establishes feeding faster. Subsequently this promotes earlier discharge, so less time is spent in hospital, and also prevents unnecessary admissions to the NICU.”

The Special Care Unit at St. Peter’s is located on the first floor of Abbey Wing in the Joan Booker Ward. Admissions to the new unit can be either directly after delivery or babies who have previously received care in NICU and are nearly ready for discharge.

The new SCU has 6 beds for transitional care, 3 beds for special care babies with monitors and access to IV fluids, plus a treatment room for ward attendees where babies’ blood tests and doctor’s reviews can take place. The extra 3 beds for special care babies will release cot space on NICU for sicker babies.


Maternity Unit Awarded Highest Standard for Patient Safety

Maternity Services at Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals NHS Trust, based at St Peter’s Hospital in Chertsey, were recently awarded the top standard for patient safety protocols by the NHS Litigation Authority.

Associate Director of Maternity Services at the Trust, Eileen Nolan, comments: “We are absolutely delighted with this achievement which reflects the huge improvements we have made to our maternity services over the past few years. We are the first unit in the country to achieve Level 3 since the standards were revised and the bar raised earlier this year ... read more


Philosophy of Maternity Care

Excellent maternity care must be comprehensive and flexible to respond to the clinical and social needs of the family. We understand that every woman, baby and family is unique and will have different needs depending on their own circumstances. As such we want to work in partnership to help the woman and her partner achieve the experience that is right for them

Offering Choice over where and how to give birth will lead to a more flexible, responsive and accessible maternity service. We will ensure that the woman and her partner have the correct information to help them reach the choice and decisions that are right for them. When circumstances mean that the choice has to be changed, we will ensure there is enough information for them to understand the reasons for this.

We will ensure that the care we give follows "best practice" and is research based. We will aim to develop an effective maternity service which meets the needs of the local population working within the national service framework. We will audit the care given and our practices and update them in the light of new evidence

We will treat everyone with kindness, understanding and dignity and will respect the privacy, religious and cultural beliefs of families. We will endeavour to provide effective, high quality communication between healthcare professionals, women and their family's which will empower them to become active partners in decision making in their overall care. Interpreting services will be provided for women where English is not their first language.

The new website for NHS SEC has now been launched and the maternity services pages can be found by following:
A Virtual Tour of the Maternity Unit

Following feedback from parents and staff, we saw that the ”turn up and tour” of the maternity unit at the weekend was not working well and was causing significant disruption for those new mums who had had their baby and for the staff trying to care for them. We were also told it was not working for those who turned up to tour and who were left feeling disappointed if they didn’t see everything they had hoped to see.



Instead, the team have produced a short DVD covering all the key areas in the maternity unit. Ask one of the team for a copy at your next visit.


Contact Us

The Abbey Wing is located at the front of the St. Peter’s hospital site.
Ante-natal Clinic 01932 722389
Maternity Appointments 01932 722366
Maternity Admissions 01932 723803
Midwifery Triage 01932 722835
Joan Booker Ward 01932 722660
Labour Ward 01932 722663
Neonatal Ward 01932 722667
Ultrasound Queries 01932 722665


If you have any non-urgent queries or comments, please email maternity@asph.nhs.uk