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Referral Lewisham and Greenwich NHS trust

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user1471258379 Mon 15-Aug-16 12:19:45

Hi there, I live in Greenwich and have recently found out I'm pregnant with my first - 6 weeks. I have self referred on the Lewisham and Greenwich NHS trust website as no one is monitoring the Midwife Hotline. I have left several messages over the last 2 weeks and no one has called me back. I ultimately called the Maternity Hotline at the Lewisham Antenatal Center and the person that picked up got someone to call me back. They say I am in the system and someone will call me over the next 2 weeks. I am a bit concerned as the advice on all NHS threads about antenatal care say I need to let them know as soon as possible so that I can get proper guidance as well as get booked in for the before 10 weeks tests. Can you please let me know if this is a normal time frame? Do things only start moving around week 8? I don't have an appointment or have not heard from them since the one phonecall. Any advice would we greatly appreciated.

LondonRoo Tue 16-Aug-16 08:26:04

Same experience - the phone system is shambolic!

I got my booking appointment through eventually (at around 11 weeks) and my scan appointment came through before that.

Once I got an appointment it's been fine and seems more organised!

LondonRoo Tue 16-Aug-16 08:26:33

Oh and congratulations!!!!

Furo Wed 07-Dec-16 09:47:36

Congratulations, and I hope it's all going well. Thought I'd answer this thread, even though it's been a while since you posted. I'm currently going through the same here hmm did it all work out in the end? I'm also interested in what hospital you chose - did you have to choose early on for your booking appointment or can you change it after?

SarahOoo Wed 07-Dec-16 14:21:03

I live fairly close to you and come under Lewisham but nearer to Bromley so chose the PRUH for the birth. I happened to have gone to my doctors for a different reason at 6 weeks and mentioned it to her and she started the ball rolling so maybe get an appointment with your Dr and do it that way? I was going to do the self referral online though. I had a midwife appointment at 8 weeks and then the 12 week scan around 12+5 at Kings. Don't worry too much about advice, take your folic acid and vitamin D. however they will check your urine with the midwife.

Furo Wed 07-Dec-16 17:47:00

Cool, thanks. Yep bought my next supply of pregnacare, and am patiently waiting for the booking appointment.

Seahawk80 Fri 23-Dec-16 23:35:27

I live within walking distance of Lewisham hospital and ended up changing to kings as I had really good care at the epu there and as you said the phone system is awful. Someone from Lewisham did finally call me with a booking on appt though so I'm sure you will hear. My sister had her baby at Lewisham and was happy with it. Congrats and good luck!

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