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Early Access to Maternity

Improving maternal and infant health – early access to maternity services National guidelines say that pregnant women should have a ‘booking’ (the health and social care needs assessment) appointment with midwifery teams by 10 weeks and certainly before the 13th week of pregnancy. Early booking reduces risks both to mother and baby and results in healthier pregnancies and babies.

Your GP should be the first point of contact for most non-emergencies. They can refer you to specialists if necessary. If you or your child is unwell when the surgery is shut, phone the surgery and listen to their voice message saying who to contact. If you need medical attention quickly you can also go to the NHS Walk-in Centre at 1 Smythe Close, Edmonton , N9 0TW , telephone: 0208 887 8355.

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