What happens when my referral is received?

Your referral is received immediately via the maternity admin team for processing. Depending on the volume of referrals received this may take up to 5 days to be processed. Your details are then passed onto the midwife who will be looking after you in your pregnancy based on which GP surgery you are registered with.


I have submitted my referral form, when can I expect a midwife to contact me?

A midwife will contact you within 2 weeks to arrange your first booking appointment, which will be between 8-10 weeks of pregnancy


You should have received contact from a midwife by 10 weeks of pregnancy at the latest. 

If you have not heard back from a midwife by 10 weeks of pregnancy please contact the booking line on 01823 343321 and inform the admin team.


When will I have my booking?

Booking appointments are usually held between 8-10 weeks of pregnancy. If you find out you are further on in your pregnancy than expected, then please inform us of your pregnancy dates on the self-referral form and we will see you more quickly


I have submitted my referral form but no longer need an appointment, who do I notify?

If you no longer require a midwife to contact you (e.g if you have experienced a miscarriage, no longer wish to continue with the pregnancy or are moving out of the area) please contact the booking line on 01823 343321 to inform us of the change. If you have already been contacted by your midwife and an appointment has already been made, you can contact your GP surgery directly to cancel the appointment.


What information should I read before my booking appointment?

Please ensure you read the following two documents particularly the section "screening tests in pregnancy"

Screening tests in pregnancy

Screening tests for you and your baby

Your midwife will discuss these pregnancy options with you at your first appointment and can arrange scans or tests required in your pregnancy. For further information about your booking information click here


What information should I read now that I am pregnant?

  • For information about signs and symptoms you may experience during early pregnancy click here
  • For information about things you can do, and things you can avoid to keep you and your baby as healthy as possible in pregnancy click here
  • You can also download our Handi App which is full of useful information about pregnancy and the services we offer here at Musgrove Park Hospital