This section tells you what to do if you are pregnant and are feeling unwell or are experiencing worrying symptoms.
Whilst the majority of pregnancies will progress without complications, many women experience problems which they feel they would like support or further information for.
If you develop worrying symptoms during pregnancy, there are several places that you can turn to for advice:
Your general practitioner (GP)
Your GP can be accessed for a range of non-urgent services. If you have a non-urgent concern not related to your pregnancy (chest/urine/ear infections, skin complaints etc,) you should see your GP for advice as they are better placed to help with these problems. If you are unable to book an appointment, or need to see a GP out of hours, call your surgery and follow the advice provided. You may also consider visiting a walk-in centre if your GP is closed, or you cannot get an appointment.
Walk-in centres can be accessed by anyone and have more flexible opening hours. You can visit a walk in centre for any general illness or concern for which you may have visited your GP. You can find your nearest walk-in centre at www.nhs.uk. Here are a few walk in centres in the Manchester area:
- Manchester Royal Infirmary (Urgent Primary Care Centre) Oxford Road, Manchester, M13 9WL. Open Monday to Friday – 8.30 am-10.00 pm; Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays – 10.00 am -10.00 pm.
- City Health Centre, 2nd Floor, Boots, 32 Market Street, Manchester, M1 1PL. Open seven days a week 8.00 am-8.00 pm.
- Hawthorn Medical Centre, Unit K, Fallowfield Retail Park, Birchfields Road, Manchester, M14 6FS. Open Monday-Friday 8.30 am-10.30 am, 1.00 pm-3.00 pm, 4.30 pm-6.00 pm; Saturday and Sunday 10.00 am-12.00 pm, 2.00 pm-4.00 pm.
- Salford NHS Walk-in Centre, Rear of Pendleton House, Off Broughton Road, Salford, M6 6LS. Open Monday-Friday, 11.00 am-6.00 pm; Saturday and Sunday 10.00 am-5.00 pm.
- Trafford Walk-in Centre, Trafford General Hospital, Moorside Rd, Urmston, M41 5SL. Open seven days a week 8.00 am-8.00 pm.
There is also a Minor Injures Unit at Altrincham Hospital:
- Altrincham Hospital Minor Injuries Unit, Railway Street, Altrincham, Cheshire, WA14 2RE. Opening Hours 8am – 8pm
Accident and Emergency Department/999
Your local Accident and Emergency department can still be used if you have an emergency or accident not related to your pregnancy (chest pain, difficulty breathing, collapse, etc). Always inform the staff in the department you are pregnant. If your condition may affect your pregnancy, you will be referred to Triage for assessment.
Make sure you have your green handheld pregnancy notes with you at all times.
Your Community Midwife
Your community midwife can be contacted using the details given at booking. Usually these are written on the front of your handheld notes.
Emergency Gynaecology Unit (EGU) at Saint Mary’s Hospital
(0161) 276 6204 (24 hours)
This is a 24 hour walk in service. If you have had a positive pregnancy test, are less than 20 weeks pregnant and are experiencing abdominal pain and/or vaginal bleeding, you can attend this unit. Read more about attending EGU
Obstetric Triage Department at Saint Mary’s Hospital
(0161) 276 6567 (24 hours)
If you are more than 20 weeks pregnant and booked under our care, you can speak to one of our midwives who will advise whether or not you need to come to hospital. Please have your pregnancy notes to hand when you call, as we make ask you to provide information from them. Read more about attending Obstetric Triage
The Daycare Assessment and Triage Unit at Wythenshawe Hospital
0161 291 2724 (24 hours)
If you are more than 16 weeks pregnant and have pains, suspect you are in early labour, have any vaginal bleeding, or suspect that your waters have broken, you should refer yourself to Triage. Our staff will be able to assess you on the phone and give advice on whether you need to come in to the unit, stay at home, or be seen by your GP if you have not already done so.
If you are in the first 16 weeks of your pregnancy and are not sure how serious your symptoms are, you can call our Early Pregnancy Assessment Unit on 0161 291 5060 for advice.