midwife, mum and baby

Women and Children Services

Maternity Care and Neonates (newborn babies).

The Maternity Unit provides care for around 5,000 women and their babies each year and includes a midwife-led birth centre (including 3 birthing pools), which opened in 2006 and consultant-led care for women with high risk pregnancies.

The Early Pregnancy Assessment Unit provides scanning and counselling services for women in the early stages of pregnancy and there is a Foetal Assessment Unit for those women further into their pregnancies who need more intensive monitoring. The Maternity Unit currently has Level 3 C.N.S.T. accreditation, the highest level available.

The Neonatal Unit is a level 2 unit, which offers services to both Croydon residents as well as referrals from areas as far away as Eastbourne. The Unit forms part of the South West London Neonatal Network in providing intensive care to sick neonates, admitting over 500 babies in 2006, of which over 100 required full intensive care facilities. 

Paediatrics (children)

Paediatric services cover both accident and emergency, Dolphin day surgery Unit (which has been awarded a Charter Mark), Willows out patient services as well as inpatient care on Rupert Bear ward. Over 25,000 Paediatric patients attended A&E last year, of which over 1,400 were admitted. The Department also works closely with social services as well as the Children's Hospital at Home team. 

Gynaecology:  Areas of specialist expertise include female continence services; colposcopy and cancer services; IVF and laparoscopic surgery. The Trust opened a Women's Unit in May 2007 to provide fertility and colposcopy services. The Trust also has an Emergency Pregnancy Unit to see and treat those patients who are pregnant and experiencing difficulties or anxiety.


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