After your baby is born Most mums want to go home as soon as possible after having their baby. Early discharge is encouraged which could be within hours of having your baby. Your community midwife will continue your care at home. You can travel home in your own transport. When going home please arrange for a car seat to be available to ensure that your baby can be transported safely. INVERCLYDE Your community midwife will visit you regularly when you get home to make sure both you and baby are well. If problems develop once you have returned ROYAL HOSPITAL home your midwife or GP may feel you need to be readmitted to hospital. Special Care Baby Unit Should your baby require any specialist treatment he/she will be transferred and cared for in the Special Care Baby Unit at RAH Paisley. Rankin Maternity Unit Dunoon and Rothesay Contingency Care Plan If your delivery was planned for the Rankin, contact RAH, Paisley on 0141 580 4262 (Labour Suite, RAH Paisley specialist unit) when in labour. Accommodation will be available for birthing partners while you are in labour or if you are admitted when no suitable transport is available for you to return home. Getting to the RAH, Paisley We are working with partner agencies to arrange for additional road signage to the RAH, Paisley from Junction 29 of the M8 motorway and for additional public transport from the Inverclyde area to the RAH for visitors. Extra ambulance cover has been arranged for emergency transfers. If you have further questions about how these changes affect you, please contact your named midwife or Inverclyde Royal Hospital on 01475 633777 and ask to be Contingency maternity service arrangements will be introduced at the Rankin transferred to the maternity unit pageholder (1701). Maternity Unit from 31 October 2003. This leaflet outlines how these plans will affect you during your pregnancy/delivery and gives you contact numbers to phone should you require further advice. Background Early Pregnancy Assessment Service will remain unchanged and will continue to The recent review of maternity services within Argyll & Clyde is awaiting run between 8.30am-9.30am for women experiencing bleeding/pain up until the 20th approval by the Health Minister. This will determine the future of the service. week of pregnancy. Women who experience early pregnancy loss and require theatre treatment will continue to be cared for at the Rankin Maternity Unit. At present however due to the difficulty in recruiting junior medical staff at Inverclyde Royal Hospital a contingency plan has been put in place to ensure all Gynaecology services: all planned inpatient admissions, day cases and outpatient mothers already booked into the Rankin Maternity Unit receive the highest services will continue at Inverclyde Royal Hospital. Emergency inpatient admissions possible level of care during this time. The contingency arrangement is will go to RAH Paisley. effective from 31 October until further notice. Special Needs In Pregnancy Service: this service will continue at the Rankin This means that most births and antenatal overnight admissions will Maternity Unit. take place at the Royal Alexandra Hospital Paisley including all those requiring specialist paediatric, obstetric or anaesthetic care. Many of Preparation for Childbirth Groups: these classes will continue to be arranged and the staff who have been involved in caring for you at Inverclyde Royal Hospital run by Rankin midwives within the unit. will still be involved in your care at the RAH. Community Midwifery Service: this remains unaffected by the contingency plan. However, women whose pregnancies are assessed as low risk may choose to You will visit your midwife at your GP surgery as before and your community midwife deliver in a midwife-led community maternity unit based at Inverclyde Royal will visit you at home as required. Hospital. This leaflet give details of the services offered both at RAH Paisley and at Inverclyde Royal Hospital. Care During Labour Care During Pregnancy Consultant-led care: if you are going to deliver at the Specialist Unit at Paisley please contact 0141 580 4262 (Labour Suite, RAH Paisley) when you think you Antenatal Clinics will run as normal at both IRH and within GP clinics. IRH are in labour. If you go into labour after 8am, Friday 31 October, you will obstetricians and midwives will staff clinics as before. As your antenatal care now deliver in RAH Paisley. should be relatively unaffected you will still have contact with the named midwife whose name and number are written on your hand held records. Community Maternity Unit : the Community Maternity Unit at Inverclyde will be based at the Rankin Maternity Unit and be staffed by midwives specialising in the Ultrasounds will continue to be carried out at the Rankin Maternity Unit care and delivery of low risk pregnancies. If you have arranged with your midwife to Ultrasound Department and you should keep any appointments already deliver in the Community Maternity Unit please contact 01475 656030 (Labour arranged. Suite, Rankin), when you think you are in labour. Day Care admissions will be carried out at the Rankin as before. Your midwife or obstetrician may feel it necessary to admit you to hospital if problems occur during your pregnancy. If this is required arrangements will be made for you to attend day care at the Rankin Maternity Unit or to be admitted to the specialist unit at the RAH, Paisley.