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Can I really take paid time off for Pregnancy appointments?

(32 Posts)
GibraltarRocks Tue 25-Apr-17 20:29:37

Currently 10+2 and wanting to tell work soon. I have a lot of extra appointments due to increased risk, so consultants etc. Not sure who to inform of my pregnancy since our Line Manager left and we don't have a new one...

Can I really take paid time off to go to these appointments, plus travel to and from? Seems a bit generous to me.

Our usual policy at work is, if you have a Dr's appointment, make it for morning/evening and make the time you took off up with unpaid overtime, if you see what I mean. Does the same apply for Pregnancy related appointments? My hospital of choice is quite a way away so I'd be making up at least 4 hours each time!

I work for the NHS if that's any help smile

Divaroses26 Tue 25-Apr-17 20:33:08

I work in HR - yes you do get time for ALL pregnancy related appts - Your DP will also be entitled to the time to attend the appts with you.

AndNoneForGretchenWieners Tue 25-Apr-17 20:33:54

Yes, paid time off for maternity appointments is detailed on the Acas website m.acas.org.uk/index.aspx?articleid=5343 and your partner can have paid time off to attend two of the appointments also.

Oly5 Tue 25-Apr-17 20:34:01

Yes all pregnancy appts can be done on office time and are paid

ememem84 Tue 25-Apr-17 20:35:01

Our policy is that we can take time for preg related appointments. Even so I've tried as much as poss to schedule mine for lunchtimes. Otherwise I'd be coming and going all day. Obviously I take my lunch after appointment.

GibraltarRocks Tue 25-Apr-17 20:35:53

So I don't have to make the time up if I don't want to?

Wow, that's great smile

Hobbitch Tue 25-Apr-17 20:38:25

Paid time off for antenatal appointments is a legal right.

Emma2803 Tue 25-Apr-17 20:39:54

You definitely don't have to make up the time whether you want to or not!! smile

GibraltarRocks Tue 25-Apr-17 20:56:29

Fab, nice little perk I didn't know the full extent of, given other Maternity topics like leave aren't that great pay wise grin

How much notice do I have to give for appointments? I took a day's holiday to see my Midwife yesterday who's booked me in for 2nd May to see a specialist. What proof do I need of this appointment and who do I tell since I have no line manager? Will HR want to know?

HR are buggers to get hold of envy

ClaraLane Tue 25-Apr-17 20:58:19

I try and arrange my appointments for first or last thing but I don't make up the time like I normally would which is nice!

Emma2803 Tue 25-Apr-17 21:16:58

Who ever does your rota or who you give your leave requests to. I would tell them as soon as you find out and if midwife has written it down in your notes just show that. I don't think you should have to contact hr for each appointment.

With regards to maternity pay also if you are employed by NHS you are entitled to 8 weeks full pay, 18 weeks half pay plus statutory pay and 13 weeks statutory pay providing you have been there 6 months before you became pregnant.

GibraltarRocks Tue 25-Apr-17 21:37:38

Emma That person use to be a very responsible manager but it is now someone very unprofessional so that makes me nervous, if I'm honest. I suppose I have no choice though.

Have not been at NHS 6 months before I fell, no. But would have worked there over 6 months by the time baby is due.

SelfObsessionHoney Tue 25-Apr-17 21:40:50

I just show my line manager the back of my maternity notes which is where my midwife write my appointment times and dates on. I showed them my scan letters to prove those.
I do try and book appointments for quieter times at work mind you, but there's not a cat in hells chance I'm going to be offering to work the time back!!

Emma2803 Tue 25-Apr-17 22:00:09

Oh that's a pity Gibraltar. I'm not sure what way that would work now. If you were pregnant before you started you might only be eligible for maternity allowance. Definitely contact hr they should be able to advise you on that front. Could you email them at all?

Your line manager replacement person can't refuse to let you go to an appointment. If you tell them as soon as you find out, get letters etc. Then you are doing all you reasonably can to allow them to arrange cover when you are gone.

GibraltarRocks Tue 25-Apr-17 22:02:23

Thanks Emma, would she get a talking to if she told other colleagues when I want it kept private for now?

Hollyhop17 Tue 25-Apr-17 22:23:22

Defo get the time off. My HR have asked me to book it on the leave system (there is an option for appointments) and just put them in my line managers diary. They havent asked me for proof but if they did I would show them my mat notes.

No, they arent allowed to tell anyone, it is confidential.

nursebickypegs Wed 26-Apr-17 04:39:05

I'm a nurse in the NHS and at the beginning I was allowed time off, but when my baby developed a heart condition and I needed more appointments, I was told that I needed to use annual leave and switch shifts.

ememem84 Wed 26-Apr-17 06:58:25

I told my bosses (not nhs staff but you nhs guys are heros) and they kept it quiet until I was ready to tell everyone.

I've told my boss when my appointments are, usually with a couple of days notice and have offered to show him the appointment letters/midwife notes. we had issues recently with other staff members lying about appointments etc to leave early but he hasn't asked to see them.

I showed off the scan pictures though.

TittyGolightly Wed 26-Apr-17 07:07:23

I work in HR - yes you do get time for ALL pregnancy related appts - Your DP will also be entitled to the time to attend the appts with you

Not correct. The OP gets paid time off for all of them. Her DP is only legally entitled to attend 2 appointments.

Hollyhop17 Wed 26-Apr-17 08:30:46

Nurse, they shouldnt be making you take annual leave for any appointments. I am consultant led, high risk so have extra appointments and I am still taking paid time off to attned. I schedule them for as close to the end of the day as possible. I would talk to your HR that doesnt sound right to me.

GibraltarRocks Wed 26-Apr-17 08:48:24

In line with that Nurse said, maybe the NHS might make me take time off as leave if these appointments start getting ridiculous.

I've had 5 already and I'm 10+3 today. They've all come out of my leave though as I haven't told anyone at work I'm pregnant. Surely if I keep taking time away to see various consultants for maternity, they'll want me to use my leave? It might start getting ridiculous, next week I have 2 people to see that afternoon so will need to go at 1 and I don't usually finish until 6 blush

I've tried arranging them at later on times/first thing but no such like with my hospital - they give you two options for times, take them or leave them.

Hollyhop17 Wed 26-Apr-17 09:17:20

I'm sure they wont like it Gibraltar but the law is the law. If you'd like reassurance either read gov.uk or ring and speak to ACAS, who are really helpful. Good luck.

Hollyhop17 Wed 26-Apr-17 09:18:51

Of course the law states that you can only get paid time off when you tell them, so until then you would have to use annual leave. It might be worth telling them early? I had to tell early because I have HG and so was off work for a long time straight away.

nursebickypegs Wed 26-Apr-17 10:47:42

@Hollyhop17 @GibraltarRocks I'm 35+2 now and on maternity leave.

My work were horrible to me and I hope that Rocks is better supported! I had lots of appointments and because of where I live, our hospital was an hour away each time. Work weren't happy when I said due to baby's heart problems I needed a day off at short notice. They weren't accommodating and made my life hell!

Hollyhop17 Wed 26-Apr-17 10:52:12

I'm so sorry to hear that Nurse. My work have been abysmal about my HG but better about appointments and more 'standard' related pregnancy stuff.

Glad you're off now. Hope you can enjoy some of your mat leave before your LO makes an appearance.

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