Important information

  • Info specific to Royal Jubilee Maternity Service (because Mater Hospital has been designated by Belfast Health and Social Care Trust as the Covid-19 Centre)

Maternity service information line

Support and advice for pregnant and postnatal women using Belfast Health and Social Care Trust Maternity Service.

Our information line is available Monday to Friday 8am-8pm and Saturday 9am-1pm.

Please contact us on 028 961 51173 or email us at maternityinfo@belfasttrust.hscni.net or refer to our website at http://belfasttrust-maternityservices.hscni.net/

The health of our women and babies, visitors and staff is our biggest priority. We have put in place a number of measures to keep our community safe while providing the highest level of care.

We are trying to reduce the number of people in our hospitals and therefore;

  • We are not currently inviting any visitors within Royal-Jubilee Maternity Service
  • You should attend outpatient appointments alone unless in exceptional circumstances and pre-arranged with the midwife in charge
  • Companions must wait outside the Maternity Building
  • Some antenatal appointments will be facilitated by telephone consultation or video call with your agreement.
  • You may be asked to wait in your car or outside the maternity building until you receive a phonecall inviting you into the building for your appointment.
  • We invite only one parent or carer to visit in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and only one parent or carer in the Special Care Baby Unit.
  • One birth partner may accompany you when you are at an elective c-section as well as in labour unless in exceptional circumstances and following a discussion with the midwife in charge.

Due to the Belfast Health & Social Care Trust designating the Mater Hospital as the Covid-19 centre, we will be moving all Mater Maternity Services to the RJMS building (Royal-Jubilee Maternity) from Monday 30 March.

We wish to reassure women that we will continue to facilitate and support midwife-led births in Royal-Jubilee Maternity Hospital.

We want you to know that Belfast Trust Maternity and Neonatal Service are here to support you and we are very grateful for your flexibility and understanding.

Maternity screening at reception

Anyone attending Royal-Jubilee Maternity Hospital will be asked at reception to answer a series of screening questions:

Are you currently experiencing any of the symptoms below? 

  • Shortness of breath or breathing problems?
  • New continuous cough?
  • Fever / High temperature?
  • Recent contact with a person with confirmed or suspected Covid-19?
  • Are you or any member of your family self-isolating?

You will be asked to leave the building if you:

  • Answer yes to any of the above questions or
  • Are suspected of Covid-19 or 
  • Are confirmed as Covid-19 positive 

If you are attending an appointment or being admitted you will be given a surgical face mask to wear and asked to wait outside the maternity building while we prepare a room for you, don our personal protective equipment (PPE) and prepare the Covid-19 test if appropriate.

Thank you for your understanding.

Diabetes Services in RJMS

All care for women with type 1 and 2 diabetes continues at Tuesday Clinic for Obstetrics and virtual for Endocrine Services.

All Oral Glucose Tolerance Tests for antenatal and postnatal women in the Belfast Trust have been suspended from Monday 6 April 2020 until further notice due to COVID-19 recommendations by the RCOG.

Alternative screening of an extra blood specimen will be carried out at booking and again at 28/29 weeks for women who are identified using NICE guidelines at being at risk of Gestational Diabetes in Pregnancy.

Women who have had Gestational Diabetes in a previous pregnancy will be given a glucose monitor at booking and will be directed to contact the Diabetes Team.

Oral glucose tolerance testing will recommence in RJMS from 25 May 2020.

Contact numbers

  • Maternity Service information line – 028 961 51173
  • Enquiries/Reception 028 961 51037
  • Admission Unit: 028 961 50596
  • Antenatal Clinic/Outpatients Department 028 961 51166
  • Health Visiting helpline: 028 9504 0846 (Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm)

Advice and guidance for the most commonly asked questions

What is COVID-19?

How to prevent the spread of infection

Coronavirus infection and pregnancy

Q&A information for pregnant women and their families

Early pregnancy services

Virtual antenatal and postnatal education classes

How to access online antenatal and postnatal education classes

Antenatal care

Advice regarding appointments or urgent visits to clinics and hospitals

Planning for birth

Postnatal care

Postnatal visits and infant feeding advice

Child health services

Health visiting and Family Nurse Partnership