Find out what to expect when you come to hospital for your maternal medicine appointment.
Before your appointment
You should receive your appointment within one to two weeks of referral. You are welcome to bring a relative, close friend or carer with you to your appointment. You are also welcome to ask for a chaperone and we will endeavour to provide one for you.
We suggest you wear comfortable clothing with easy access to your upper arms, as we will need to take your blood pressure. Please remember to check your appointment letter for anything specific you have been asked to take with you. In addition, it would be helpful if you could bring the following:
- Your full address and telephone number(s)
- Your appointment card and appointment letter
- Your GP’s name and address
- Money to pay for any prescriptions, or an exemption card
- A list of questions you may want to ask
- A list of medications, knowledge of past medical history, any test results that may be relevant
- Any letters from other specialists that are relevant to your condition
During your appointment
Waiting times can be 30 to 60 minutes, and you can expect your appointment to take 10 to 30 minutes. You may need to have blood tests at your visit which will be performed either by the maternal medicine midwife or phlebotomist.
Please note that we are a teaching hospital, so medical students may be present for some appointments. If you do not wish to have them in the room please let the nurse or doctor know and the students will be asked to step outside.
If your appointment is at one of our clinics at Queen Charlotte’s & Chelsea Hospital: You will be seen by one or more of our specialists (both physicians and maternal medicine specialists) who will take a detailed history from you, examine you if necessary and organise appropriate tests. They will discuss any treatment you need and arrange any follow-up appointments that may be required in the obstetric medicine clinic. In many of our clinics you will be seen by both the specialist physician and maternal medicine specialist at the same time so that combined management plans about your care can be formed. You will also have the opportunity to meet our maternal medicine midwife if you need an antenatal check.
If your appointment is at our clinic at St Mary’s Hospital: During your first appointment you will be booked for your pregnancy by our high-risk midwifery team who will identify your risks and then plan a strategy to manage your pregnancy together with the rest of the multidisciplinary team. This will include your schedule of antenatal visits, specialist ultrasound scans and investigations, visits to other specialists in this team and care throughout your pregnancy and delivery. If you need to be seen by a specialist physician, you will usually be seen in a separate clinic.
After your appointment
Follow-up appointments will be discussed and planned during your first appointment. If there are urgent results which require treatment or a change to your follow up, you will be contacted by telephone by either the doctor or maternal medicine midwife.
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