Practice Update

From Tuesday the 28th of May, the surgery will close daily from 12:30pm – 2pm, instead of the current closure of 12pm-1pm. If you have an appointment scheduled during this

Antenatal Care

Telling your GP and/or Midwife promptly will help to make sure you receive maternity healthcare that takes into account all your health needs and preferences.

Women requiring maternity care will be seen at a central booking clinic for their first appointment which lasts approx. 1 hour 15 minutes. The clinic will be held in Maternity Day Care, Pink Zone, Crosshouse Hospital. Appointments should be booked by calling Ayrshire Maternity Unit Reception on:

Telephone: 01563 825411 (Monday – Friday 9:30am –  2:30 pm)

It’s best to see them as early as possible to obtain the information you need to have a healthy pregnancy

Midwife

The Midwife works with the Doctor to give care to women having a baby, both before birth and for ten days after the baby is delivered. Antenatal appointments are now generally provided by the Midwife at the Hospital or satellite clinic. For further information please contact your Practice.

The role of the midwife

A Midwife is a qualified nurse who has undertaken further training to provide and promote normal midwifery.

They help you to prepare for motherhood and promote good health for yourself and your baby by advising on the effects of drinking, smoking and good diet whilst you are pregnant.

The Midwife guides you through your pregnancy and endeavours to detect any problems and make relevant referrals if necessary.

Healthy Start

Healthy Start is a government scheme that aims to improve the health of pregnant women and mothers on benefits or low incomes, all pregnant women under 18 years of age and children who are under 5 years of age. Families who are supported by the scheme receive vouchers to spend on milk (including infant formula), fresh fruit and vegetables.

Your antenatal care

When you first learn that you’re pregnant, get in touch with a Midwife or GP as soon as possible. Ideally this should be by 10 weeks of your pregnancy. Telling your GP and/or Midwife promptly will help to make sure you receive maternity healthcare that takes into account all your health needs and preferences.