Our services are provided in a number of locations including our Musgrove Park maternity unit, our Mary Stanley midwifery led birth unit at Bridgwater Community Hospital and in your own home throughout the local community. The maternity services provides care for over 3,200 births per year.
The maternity team is made up of various clinicians including midwives, obstetricians, maternity support workers, trainee nursing assistants, paediatricians and anaesthetists. We also work closely with a range of other healthcare providers including GPs and health visitors.
We offer a friendly, supportive and safe service for women and families throughout Somerset.
Maternity services during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic – a message from Sallyann King, our head of midwifery (updated: 20 April 2020)
In these exceptional times, we understand you may be feeling increased anxiety and worry at the moment so we want to reassure you that we are here for you. Following recent national guidance, we have temporarily changed the way we provide antenatal and postnatal care.
We’ve made these changes to try to minimize the face-to-face contact you have with your midwife, while continuing to care for you and your baby in a safe way.
If you have any queries or want advice or support, please contact your community midwife. If you have urgent concerns about you or your baby’s health we have midwives available on our maternity triage line: 01823 343985. This line is available for you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Keeping checking our website for the latest information about our service, as well as useful links to other sources of help and advice: https://somersetft.nhs.uk/maternity/
Understandably we have had lots of questions since we published our temporary visiting restrictions. During this time, it is difficult to respond to individual questions via social media, but we are working closely with our Maternity Voices Partnership to ensure your questions are being heard and answered – you can contact MVP on Facebook: www.facebook.com/somersetMVP or by searching for SomersetMVP. We will continue to use our maternity Facebook pages to provide you with any updates and local service changes.
Frequently asked questions – click here.
We have developed a frequently asked questions section to provide the answers to your questions – click here.
I hope this message helps to reassure you that we are doing everything we can to ensure you get the best possible care.
Head of Midwifery
Somerset NHS Foundation Trust
Somerset Maternity Voices Partnership
The Somerset Maternity Voices Partnership (MVP) is an initiative that came from the recommendations of Better Births.
The aim of the MVP is to ensure that the voices of people who have used or are using the maternity services in Somerset are heard.