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Halton antenatal clinics launch

Published: 01/05/2012

Warrington and Halton Hospitals has launched a new antenatal clinic service at Halton General Hospital in Runcorn. It means that mums to be from Halton and surrounding areas can now have their clinic appointments locally rather than having to travel to Warrington during their pregnancy.

The service is run by the hospital staff in conjunction with the Halton community midwives team. A consultant led clinic now takes place on Wednesday of each week for women from Halton who are planning to deliver at Warrington Hospital. It’s the first time this service has been offered at Halton General Hospital.

Mums to be from the area who are planning to deliver at Warrington are also offered first trimester screening at Halton Hospital. Women are offered the test in the first 11 -14 weeks of their pregnancy. To do this the midwives need to book women for the tests before 10 weeks.

The combined test consists of an ultrasound scan and a simple blood test for the mother. As well as providing an early scan of baby and confirming how many weeks along the pregnancy is, it also allows screening for Down's syndrome.

“We’re delighted to be able to offer this new clinic service at Halton,” says Mel Hudson, Head of Midwifery at Warrington and Halton Hospitals, “It means that local women don’t have to travel for their routine appointments during pregnancy. We can also provide the first trimester screening at Halton but it’s really important that women contact us as soon as they know they are pregnant as this screening needs to be booked in before 10 weeks gestation.”

Contact the Midwifery Service for Widnes and Runcorn on 0151 495 5079 Monday to Friday, 9.00am – 5.00pm

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