Day assessment unit/triage

If you are over 20 weeks pregnant and experience complications with your pregnancy you may be referred to our day assessment unit (DAU).  We run an appointment based service and are open Monday-Friday from 8.30am to 4.30pm.

During your appointment at the DAU, you will be assessed by a midwife, who may involve a doctor in the consultation if appropriate.

Your assessment could include:

  • Observations, including your blood pressure, pulse and checking your urine
  • Monitoring your baby’s heart rate
  • Blood tests
  • A scan being booked for you

If you require further follow up in the DAU you will be given an appointment time to come along and see us.

What to bring with you

Please bring your green notes with you when you come in for an appointment, scan or to have your baby.
You might want to bring a book or magazine to read in case you need to wait for results or to see a doctor.


Triage is a 24 hour service based in maternity, which is similar to the emergency department.  Women are seen in order of clinical priority, based on the symptoms they present with.

If you are experiencing anything that concerns you, please call the triage service for advice on 01438 286168.  A midwife will speak to you and advise you over the telephone whether or not you need to attend triage, or direct you to a more suitable health professional (such as your GP).

The reasons you may be asked to attend include: raised blood pressure; bleeding; reduced fetal movements; or itching on the hands or feet.

If you are asked to attend triage, please bring your green notes with you.

For more information about reduced fetal movements, this leaflet has been produced by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.


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The DAU is situated on the first floor of the maternity unit.  If you turn left at the top of the stairs, the DAU is situated on the right-hand side, opposite Dacre and Gloucester inpatient wards.

Contact numbers

If you have any concerns, please call the Triage number to speak to a midwife

Triage 01438 286168

If you have any queries about your appointment please contact the Day Assessment Unit

Day Assessment Unit 01438 286166

  • Click here to access more information in our Maternity leaflets

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