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 What to bring: Giving birth at hospital

Whether you're planning to have your baby at home or at hospital, you should get a few things ready at least two weeks before your due date.

If you're planning to give birth in a hospital or midwifery unit, your midwife will give you a list of what you'll need to pack. You may want to include the following:

  • something loose and comfortable to wear during labour that doesn't restrict you from moving around or make you too hot – you may need about three changes of clothes
  • two or three comfortable and supportive bras, including nursing bras if you're planning to breastfeed – remember, your breasts will be much larger than usual
  • about 24 super-absorbent sanitary pads
  • your washbag with toothbrush, hairbrush, flannel, soap and other toiletries
  • towels
  • things to help you pass the time and relax, for example, books, magazines or music
  • a sponge or water spray to cool you down
  • front-opening or loose-fitting nighties or tops if you're going to breastfeed
  • dressing gown and slippers
  • five or six pairs of pants
  • a loose, comfortable outfit to wear after you have given birth, and to come home in
  • clothes (including a hat) and nappies for the baby
  • cotton wool pads or balls for use when changing babies
  • a shawl or blanket to wrap the baby in

Transport

Work out how you'll get to the hospital or midwifery unit because you could need to go there at any time of the day or night. If you're planning to go by car, make sure it's running well and that there's always enough petrol in the tank. If a neighbour has said they will take you, make an alternative arrangement just in case they’re not in.

If you haven’t got a car, you could call a taxi. Or call your maternity unit, which can arrange for an ambulance to pick you up.


Home Birth

If you're planning to give birth at home, discuss your plans and what you need to prepare with your midwife. Think about where in your home you want to give birth. You're likely to need:

  • clean linen and towels
  • clothes (including a hat) and nappies for the baby
  • about 24 super-absorbent sanitary towels

Important numbers

Wherever you're planning to give birth, keep a list of important numbers in your handbag or near the phone. You need to include:

  • your hospital or midwife's phone number
  • your partner or birth partner's phone number
  • your own hospital reference number, which is on your card or notes (you will be asked for this when you phone in)

If you don’t have a phone, ask neighbours if you can use theirs when the time comes.

Wherever you're planning to give birth, keep a list of important numbers in your handbag or near the phone.

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Blood taking, York Hospital

Due to COVID-19, from Monday 6 April the Phlebotomy service at York Hospital outpatient department will be closed until further notice.

We will continue to offer a blood taking services for patients who have urgent bloods requests only, at the nearby Nuffield Hospital. The urgency will have been identified during your medical appointment. Please access the Nuffield Hospital via the main reception and from there you will be directed to Phlebotomy. Please take a seat and wait to be called.

Patients who have routine blood test for yearly check-ups should not attend. Instead, please contact your GP to request an appointment at the GP surgery for your bloods to be taken.


Maternity services

If you are due to have a baby, please visit our website for up to date information about maternity services at this time https://bit.ly/39ANleP


Haematology and Oncology services

With effect from Monday 6 April there will be temporary changes to the Haematology and Oncology services at Scarborough and York Hospital.  These decision have been made on the grounds of patient safety in the current coronavirus pandemic.  Find out more here.


Visiting cancelled

Due to the increasing number of cases of coronavirus across the UK, York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust has made the decision to cancel all visiting to all its hospital sites in order to ensure the safety of patients and staff.

There are three exemptions to the ruling which are for one parent of a sick child under 18, for the partner of a woman giving birth and end of life patients at the discretion of the ward sister.

We would ask people to respect this decision and to treat our staff, who will be enforcing the visiting restrictions, with courtesy and respect.  For more information visit our website.


Outpatient appointments

We know that NHS services will come under intense pressure as the coronavirus spreads, and as a Trust we need to redirect staff, free up staff for refresher training and carry out any works as necessary, so we are able to maximise capacity for patients for when the number of infections peak.  We also need to reduce the number of people coming into our hospitals to protect our patients, as well as keeping our staff safe, well and able to come into work.

To do this, with effect from Tuesday 24 March 2020, along with other trusts in the Humber Coast and Vale partnerships, we have made the collective decision to suspend all non-urgent routine outpatient appointments for at least three months.  Urgent and emergency cases and cancer appointments will be carrying on as normal.

These are unprecedented times and we thank you for your understanding.  We know many people waiting for treatment will be disappointed or worried but please not contact the hospital as we will be contacting everyone directly affected in the coming days and weeks.

If you do not receive a letter or a phone call from the hospital, please turn up for your scheduled appointment as normal unless you have symptoms of coronavirus, a cold, flu or norovirus in which case you should contact us to cancel your appointment by clicking here.