Dr J Pandya MBE MBBS FRCGP DPD
Dr Sejal Pandya MBBS FRCGP DRCOG
NHS Choices - Whooping Cough Vaccination for pregnant mothers.
NHS Choices Pregnancy Care Planner - Your NHS guide to having a baby
Direct Gov UK
National Childbirth Trust (NCT)
Enquiry line: 0870 444 8707
Breastfeeding line: 0870 444 8708
Fathers Direct 020 7920 9491
NHS direct 24-hour health advice: 0845 4647
NHS pregnancy smoking help line: 0800 2000 247
If you find out that you are pregnant, please book an appointment to see a GP who can refer you for antenatal care or alternatively, you can self refer to a hospital of your choice in the locality network which are listed below.
If you go to the hospital website and click their maternity/antenatal section, you will be able to follow the self referral process which is the same as the GP referring you there.
For example if you would like to self refer to the North Middlesex Hospital, you would click the link www.northmid.nhs.uk/Maternity-Services/About-us which takes you to their maternity services page and click the link 'Book Online for maternity services'.
How to apply for prescription exemption during pregnancy:
If you are pregnant or have had a baby in the last 12 months, you must complete application form FW8 to obtain a maternity exemption certificate. The form is available from doctors, midwives and health visitors. You are required to complete parts 1 and 2 of the form and your doctor, midwife or health visitor is asked to sign to confirm the information given by you is correct.
Please send the completed application forms directly to:
NHS Help with Health Costs
152 Pilgrim Street
Newcastle Upon Tyne
Certificates are valid from one month before the date on which the application is received, until:
If you have to pay for any prescriptions before your certificate arrives, you may be able to claim a refund. Ask your pharmacist for an FP57 receipt and refund claim form when you pay. You cannot get one later.