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Pregnancy & Child Health

Health Visiting

Our health visitor Liz Haines can be contacted at the Practice on 01603-777880. She usually works Mondays, Wednesday or Friday. The Child Health Clinic runs on the first and third Thursday of each month between 09:30 and 11:00 at the SURE START Centre (Broadland Youth & Community Centre) Stalham Road, Hoveton. She can give advice on health care, developmental concerns particularly for parents and children 0-5 years. She will run various other clinics and groups as needed.

Post Natal Checks

About 6 weeks after your baby is born you will need to come in with your baby for a post natal health check (your midwife will remind you to make this appointment).  This check will be with one of the doctors and our practice nurse, Marion Lodge, will give your baby their first immunisations.  In recent years there has been a lot of information in the press regarding childhood immunisations that has since been proven to not to be evidence based, if you have any concerns at all the best people to talk to are your midwife or Liz the health visitor.

Medical Students

Our practice is a teaching practice and one of the modules our students cover whilst with us is pregnancy and child birth, our reception team or your doctor may ask you if you mind a medical student also being involved with your care.  On occasion we have asked pregnant women who are due to give birth whilst the students are with us if a pair of students can follow their progress, before and after the baby is born.  In our experience this is a collaboration that is not only greatly enjoyed by both parties but hugely beneficial to the students, as it's an experience they are not going to get at any other time during their training.  If you are currently pregnant and would like to know more about this please call the surgery and ask to speak to Kathy or Rosemary who co-ordinate, with Drs Singh and Bindel the training programme.

Midwives

We are home to the Broadland Midwifery Team and as you can imagine they are a busy bunch, but they do answer all messages left for them on 01603 777928.  There is also an emergency number in your patient held records.  If you do have an emergency, especially heavy bleeding, and are unable to get hold of your midwife for any reason call the surgery on 01603 782155 for immediate medical care or out of hours on 01603 488488 after 18:00 and before 08:30. 

Maternity Suite

Hoveton Maternity Suite is attached to the Hoveton & Wroxham Medical Centre.  The entrance is on the public's car-park end of the building.

There are 9 teams of community midwives employed by the Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital.  Hoveton Maternity Suite is the base of one of those teams: we are the Broadland team of midwives.

The team cares for pregnant women and new mothers & babies from the following local GP surgeries: Acle, Birchwood, Blofield, Brundall, Coltishall, Hoveton & Wroxham, Ludham, Paston, Stalham Green & Stalham Staithe.  We conduct antenatal & postnatal clinics at the Maternity Suite.  

Please note that pregnant women from local surgeries other than Hoveton & Wroxham Medical Centre normally see their named midwife at their own surgery but can attend our Maternity Suite.

Midwife appointments at other surgeries must be booked by phoning the surgery in question.

Our team also offers antenatal classes.  These classes are for women with their birth partner.  At the Maternity Suite we coordinate the antenatal classes held in other local venues by Broadland team midwives: Brundall & North Walsham.  Subjects covered in the classes include: labour & birth, feeding a new baby and life with a new baby.  On Tuesday mornings at the Maternity Suite our team's Maternity Care Assistant [MCA] holds a class on baby bathing and baby care [please note during our MCA's holidays these classes are cancelled].  On an ad hoc basis we also hold antenatal classes for those who have had babies before but feel they need a refresher.  If you would like to attend classes leave your name, due date and contact phone number on our office answer-phone (01603-777928) and one of us will call to make the booking.  It is best to book these classes well in advance so we can cater for demand.

Midwives care for mothers & babies normally up to a maximum of 28 days.  Our care/support is focused on preventing health problems.  The care we provide to new families is given in the home or at Hoveton Maternity Suite.  Mothers & babies are discharged into the care of their surgery's health visitor between 10 and 28 days.   If we detect health problems in mothers or babies midwives refer to the appropriate health care professional.

To book a clinic appointment at Hoveton Maternity Suite or any classes please phone the office phone number 01603-777928, leaving your name, a short message and your contact phone number.  Any other non-urgent messages for Broadland team midwives can also be left on this same number.  Please note messages may not be answered until the following working day.

If you wish to speak to a midwife urgently please phone Medicom on 01603-481222.

In an emergency call 999.

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