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Sometimes we need to undertake further investigations or monitoring and will ask you to attend an Antenatal Assessment Unit (AAU), either at Saint Mary’s Hospital, Oxford Road Campus, Saint Mary’s @ Wythenshawe (called the Day Care Unit) or at our satellite site in Salford.

These units are staffed by experienced midwives. If you are asked to attend an assessment unit, please attend promptly and be aware that the assessment may take several hours.

The midwives working on AAU provide care in a relaxed environment and are able to provide additional monitoring if needed. They work closely with the obstetric team to allow you to receive care without admission to a hospital ward.

Saint Mary’s Hospital (Oxford Road Campus):

Maternity Assessment Unit

Opening hours: 08.30 am – 8.00 pm, Monday to Friday, 09.00 – 5.00pm Saturday & Sunday

Ward 64, 2nd Floor

Saint Mary’s Hospital

Oxford Road

Manchester M13 9WL

Telephone (0161) 276 6404

Saint Mary’s @ Wythenshawe

Day Care Assessment Unit

Opening hours: 8.00am – 6.00pm Monday to Friday, 8:00am – 1.00 pm Saturday

Ground floor

Wythenshawe Maternity Unit

Southmoor Road

M23 9LT

Salford – Lance Burn Health Centre

Antenatal Assessment Unit

Opening hours: 8.30 am – 5.30 pm, Monday to Friday.

Lance Burn Health Centre

Churchill Way

Salford, M6 5QX

Telephone (0161) 206 1099

Occasionally we may need to transfer you to Saint Mary’s Hospital, Oxford Road Campus for further specialist care.

The sort of problems in pregnancy that might be monitored by the AAUs include:

  • Reduced fetal movements.
  • Obstetric Cholestasis.
  • High blood pressure monitoring.
  • Management of prolonged rupture of membranes.
  • External cephalic versions (turning of breech babies).
  • Intravenous iron infusions for management of serious anaemia.