Roman Road Health Centre

Fishmoor Drive, Blackburn BB2 3UY

Maternity services

Congratulations from everyone at Wollaton Park Medical Centre. This section is designed to keep you informed about the pathway of care for you and your baby as you progress in this pregnancy.shutterstock108233174-1-w200h138

Our reception staff will have confirmed with you that you have had a positive pregnancy test and recorded the first day of your last period. This information is sent to the midwife who is responsible for your care throughout the pregnancy. She will contact you to arrange the first visit, usually at home, to discuss your pregnancy. The midwife can be contacted at any time on 0115 8833100 and she should be your first point of contact regarding any pregnancy concerns.

If you are not already doing so you should start taking a once a day supplement of Folic acid 400 micrograms and Vitamin D 10 micrograms. Folic acid should be taken at least until you are 12 weeks pregnant and Vitamin D should be continued throughout pregnancy and breastfeeding. Both of these are available from the pharmacy as Pregnacare.

Your midwife will inform you regarding scans, appointments and the place of delivery of your baby.

Once your baby has been delivered there are a few key landmarks for you both:

Birth. In hospital, your newborn baby should have a full physical examination by a doctor. If you are discharged from hospital and this has not taken place, please contact the practice immediately so that a doctor can visit to do this vital health check. Your midwife will visit you at home to support you and when she feels the time is right, she will hand your care over to the Health Visitor. Please register your baby with the practice as soon as possible after birth.

6 weeks. You and your baby should be seen by a doctor for a postnatal health review. This takes 30 minutes so please ensure that when you book this appointment you inform the receptionist that you require a 30-minute appointment. At this, the doctor will once again do a full examination of your baby and discuss with you any concerns. Please call at 4 weeks to book this appointment and also an appointment with the nurse for the 8-week immunisations.

8, 12 and 16 weeks. Your baby needs to be seen by our practice nurse for immunisation. Baby immunisation clinics are held twice weekly, appointments can be booked at reception. The nurse will explain what the immunisations are for and the protection that they give your baby. Please note that your baby is not safe to go swimming until completion of the second set of immunisations at 12 weeks.

We hope that all goes well for you during this pregnancy and we look forward to meeting your baby.

Statement for Patients

We are sorry for the inconvenience being caused for our patents trying to contact the practice by telephone recently. You may have found that trying to reach us first thing on a Monday morning has been particularly difficult.

Like many GP practices in Lancashire, our telephone system is run by a local NHS IT provider who are aware of these issues.

We want to assure you these problems have been escalated and explain that fixing them is not in our control, so please be patient with us whilst they are being addressed.

We have been told that over the next few weeks, a short term fix being put in place that should ensure our telephone systems can stay online during very busy periods. In the longer term, we know that upgrades are being made to the system that should fully resolve the problems.

Remember, there are other ways that you can contact the practice. Firstly if you are able please review our web pages please do this is where we will provide you with the most up to date methods of contacting us or where appropriate other alternatives exist such as:-

* MyGp or PatientAccess ; an app that you may have already downloaded (if not please do and follow the instructions for use) which you can use to book appointments, contact the practice or order your prescriptions.

* As usual, you should dial 999 in an emergency and can access NHS111 or your local pharmacy for advice.

Coronavirus – Advice for Patients

The symptoms of coronavirus are:

The symptoms are similar to other illnesses that are much more common, such as cold and flu and it does not necessarily mean you have the illness.

NHS 111 has an online coronavirus service that can tell you if you need medical help and advise you what to do.

Use this service if:

Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.

Information for the public is available at gov.uk/coronavirus and https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19

Like the common cold, coronavirus infection usually occurs through close contact with a person with novel coronavirus via cough and sneezes or hand contact. A person can also be infected by touching contaminated surfaces if they do not wash their hands.
The risk of being in close contact with a person with coronavirus or contaminated surfaces is very low at the current time.
Everyone is being reminded to follow Public Health England advice to:

You can find the latest information and advice from Public Health England at www.gov.uk/coronavirus.

Updated:
02.03.2020