Visiting update

From 1 January 2022, we have taken the difficult decision to suspend adult in-patient visiting in order to help protect our vulnerable patients. Please visit here for more information. 

Patient appointments

As we continue to see a rise in our urgent care admissions, a surge in admissions of Covid positive patients, and workforce shortages created by Covid isolation, some appointments for planned care may need to be delayed.

We will continue to prioritise urgent and emergency care and cancer treatments and we will do everything we can to avoid delaying care. If we need to take the difficult decision to delay appointments, we will contact affected patients directly to let them know. 

If you do not hear from us, please attend as requested in your appointment letter.



Latest updates about COVID 19

You can have one person accompany you if you feel that it is essential, to any of your pregnancy outpatient and scan appointments. This includes early pregnancy services and all midwifery and obstetric appointments in outpatient clinic settings

In order to continue keeping everyone safe we ask the following:

  • If you wish to bring someone with you, we ask that it is the same person throughout your pregnancy journey, and confirm:
    • they are free of any symptoms of COVID-19
    • if they have had COVID-19, they must have completed their period of isolation
    • that you haven’t been advised to self-isolate in the last 14 days when returning from travel abroad
  • We ask that you and your support person do a lateral flow antigen test 24 hours before your routine appointment and continue to complete these twice a week as recommended by NHS England. Your midwife or doctor will ask you to verbally confirm your test result on attendance at your appointment.

Please do not bring any children or other people with you to any appointments.

What to do if you have a positive Covid-19 PCR test
All women who have a positive Covid-19 PCR test during their pregnancy or postnatal period are requested to inform their Maternity Department on Telephone No: 01623 655722. 

The purpose of this is to enable the maternity team to make contact with you to perform a full assessment over the telephone and plan some follow-up time over the next few weeks with the midwifery team. This is important as some women’s health can deteriorate during this time.

This remote monitoring will support the team to identify women that are deteriorating early allowing for earlier hospital admission, care and intervention to improve outcomes for both mother and baby.

In addition, women need to self-isolate for 10 days and the household should follow the current government advice.​

When you first go into labour
When you first go into labour please contact the Sherwood Birthing Unit for advice. Our midwives will advise you of what to expect when you come in. Please feel free to ask as many questions as you need to whilst you are speaking to our midwives, as we know this will be an anxious time. 

If you are coming into our triage/assessment area your partner can accompany you into the hospital, but may be asked to wait outside triage during the initial assessment. This is because space is very limited in our triage area and we need to maintain social distancing. Sometimes women are able to go home again quite soon after this. 

When you are in labour, having a Caesarean section, or you need to remain on the Sherwood Birthing Unit for another reason, your birth partner is welcome to join you. Please do not bring anyone else into hospital with you, including children

If you are coming in for induction of labour, your birth partner is able to attend with you, even if this lasts over a number of days. Your partner can remain with you when you move from the induction suite onto Sherwood Birthing Unit. 

After the birth
After your baby is born, including if you have a Caesarean section, you and your birth partner will have some private time together on the Sherwood Birthing Unit. This is usually a few hours. You may be able to go home together from here, and we would encourage you to do this if possible.

Alternatively, mum and baby will be transferred to the maternity ward.  

Birth partners who wish to visit our maternity ward will be asked to visit during the following times:

12.00pm – 4.00pm 

All birth partners must wear a surgical face mask during their visit which will be provided by the Trust. If they are exempt from wearing a face mask a visor which is provided by the Trust needs to be worn.

In order to keep everyone safe and limit the footfall and excessive movement of people around the ward, birth partners are asked if they leave the ward during their allocated visiting slot, to not return until their visiting slot the next day. If you leave the ward during your visit you will not be permitted back onto the ward until the next day. We are also asking visitors to stay by the bed of the person they are visiting in order to keep everyone safe. 

We hope you understand that we are doing our very best to manage visiting under difficult circumstances, whilst also keeping our patients, colleagues and visitors as safe as possible, please remember to be kind to our colleagues and treat them with respect, we are all doing our very best to help you and your family during the pandemic.  

Some policies may vary slightly at individual GP surgeries and where our own space is limited, particularly at Newark Hospital, in our Pregnancy Day Care area and in the triage area on Sherwood Birthing Unit. We may need to ask partners to wait for a short time elsewhere so that we can maintain social distancing.

If you are currently pregnant, planning pregnancy or breastfeeding and would like information regarding the Covid-19 vaccination click here

When you are discharged, your partner/family member is welcome to come and collect you. Our staff will help you and your baby to meet your partner at the door of the maternity ward. 

We are doing our very best to enable families to be together when their baby is born, whilst working to keep everyone safe during the pandemic. Please work with us during this challenging time to help keep everyone safe and provide the best possible care to our patients.

Early Pregnancy Assessment Unit
The Early Pregnancy Assessment Unit (EPU) is situated within the King’s Treatment Centre. The Sherwood Women's Centre at Newark Hospital provides comprehensive facilities for antenatal and postnatal care, including ultrasound.

The maternity unit at King’s Mill Hospital includes the pregnancy day care unit, antenatal clinic, maternity ward (antenatal and postnatal), the Sherwood Birthing Unit and the neonatal unit. The Early Pregnancy Assessment Unit (EPU) is situated within the King’s Treatment Centre. The Sherwood Women's Centre at Newark Hospital provides comprehensive facilities for antenatal and postnatal care, including ultrasound.

We offer a choice of packages of care and birthing options:

  • Midwife led care
  • Maternity team care
  • Home birth
  • Hospital birth
  • Pool birth

You will be able to discuss these options with your midwife, and consultant (if you have one). Our midwives and doctors provide 24-hour care for the full range of maternity services - during pregnancy, labour and after the birth. 

We are committed to supporting women who chose to breast feed and have accreditation under the UNICEF Baby Friendly Initiative. Our Infant Feeding Team provides dedicated support and guidance to mothers who choose to breastfeed.

We also offer the baby hearing test service for your baby before you go home.

Ongoing support once you are home with your baby is provided by your named Community Midwife. Before you leave the hospital or before the midwife leaves your home, if you have had a home birth you will be informed how to contact a midwife should you need one out of normal visiting hours. Visits will take place between 9am-5pm.  Subsequent visits will depend on the individual needs of yourself and your baby and will be arranged following discussion with you.

The Sherwood Women's Centre at Newark Hospital provides comprehensive facilities for antenatal and postnatal care, including ultrasound.

Visiting hours for the Birthing Unit and Maternity Ward: Please note that at the moment we are asking that only one birthing partner be allowed on the birthing unit. Birthing partners may visit the Maternity Ward either between 12noon – 2pm for all rooms and beds with an odd number or between 4pm – 6pm for all rooms and beds with an even number. Individual plans will be in place with some families outside of these hours if required. Thank you for your understanding.


Emergency Midwife for King’s Mill and Newark  01623 655722 
Sherwood Birthing Unit at King’s Mill  01623 672244 
Maternity Ward at King’s Mill  01623 672242 
Sherwood Women’s Centre at Newark Hospital  01636 685779
Community Midwife Advice Line (Monday to Friday 9.30am - 4.30pm)  01623 676170

If you are unable to view the maternity services video above please click here to view on the Trust's YouTube channel.


We are proud to support the new campaign led by Tommys and Kicks Count, #movementsmatter, which challenges dangerous myths about baby movement during pregnancy. A short, impactful video has been developed in collaboration with clinicians, charities, and pregnant women. Please follow the link below to the NHS England website where you can also follow a further link to the video on YouTube.

Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Maternity Voices

Patient Information Leaflets

Please click here to access our maternity patient information leaflets