New mothers will soon be able to choose their appointment to see a midwife at the weekend in the days after giving birth, under a new system introduced at a Devon hospital trust.
The maternity department, run by Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust, has plans for a new service based at Derriford Hospital.
“The convenience of being ‘on site’ extends to the support services that the midwife will have available to her”
The new system, which is due to be launched at the end of October, will mean that new mothers will be able to organise seeing a midwife at a time that is convenient to them.
Claire Collinson, the trust’s community midwifery manager, said: “We will be opening up Derriford’s day assessment ward at weekends for families to come in and be seen on an appointment basis.
“This will enable a choice of designated, convenient times, rather than having to wait in at home all day for a midwife to attend,” she said.
However, the change will mean midwives are no longer at the trust’s childrens’ centres at weekends due to them being on site at the hospital.
Ms Collinson added: “The convenience of being ‘on site’ extends to the support services that the midwife will have available to her, for example if a medical opinion is required.”