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Antenatal outpatient care

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John Radcliffe

For your wellbeing, and for the health of your baby, please attend all your antenatal clinic appointments, either in the hospital with your midwife and/or with the GP.

If you have an appointment card please bring it with you. If you are unable to attend a hospital appointment, please inform that clinic.

At the Jonn Radcliffe Hospital Women's Centre there is a comfortable waiting area and a small children's play area. A refreshment bar is run by the League of Friends.

Maternity Assessment

Day Assessment Unit, Level 6

Monday to Friday 8.30am - 5.00pm
Tel: 01865 221 712

Outpatients are seen when referred by community midwives, GPs or other hospital departments.

Maternity Assessment Unit (MAU), Level 2

Open 24 hours a day, seven days a week
Tel: 01865 220 221

We will see you if you come to the Women's Centre in labour and are planning to have your baby on the Delivery Suite. We may also see you at other stages of your pregnancy, if your community midwife or GP refers you.

Your community midwife may refer you to MAU in pregnancy if there are concerns about you or your baby's health. They will ensure you have the MAU telephone number in your hand-held notes, and tell you which issues to talk to us about, if they arise in your pregnancy. Please contact MAU directly if you have concerns in the evening, at nights or at the weekend.

Our midwives will talk to you on the phone and may invite you to come in for assessment if you are in labour or there are concerns.

We do have to prioritise those in most need, so bring something to read while you wait to be seen. Our receptionist staff and midwives will keep you updated, but if you are worried about the waiting time, please speak to the staff on duty.

If you are in labour midwives on the MAU may assess you, then transfer you to the most suitable birth environment or send you home. If there are any concerns or complications a doctor will review you.


Banbury Community Midwives

Banbury Community Midwives provide antenatal care at local GP surgeries, the Horton Antenatal Clinic or on the Midwifery-led Unit. They also support home births and births in the Midwifery-led Unit, so your community midwife may care for you during labour and/or be present for the birth.

The day after a home birth, or a discharge from the midwifery-led unit or hospital, a midwife or maternity support worker will visit the family at home.

Following the initial visit, further routine check-ups are arranged for around day 5-8 and around day 10 after the birth - additional appointments may be required. Appointments may be at home, in drop-in clinics or at the midwifery-led unit; we arrange this with the family.

Midwife Assessment Clinic (MAC)

Opening Monday to Friday 8.00am - 4.00pm
Tel: 01295 229779

The Midwife Assessment Clinic is staffed by a midwife and maternity support worker. Appointments are available if you are over 16 weeks' pregnant with concerns or questions about your own, or your baby's, wellbeing.

If obstetric care, or a doctor's review is required, we may advise you to be seen at the John Radcliffe Hospital Maternity Assessment Unit (MAU) in Oxford.

Antenatal Clinic

Consultant-led antenatal clinics are run from the Horton on Wednesday and Friday mornings.

Your GP or community midwife may recommend an appointment with one of our obstetric consultants. Even if you are planning to have your baby at the John Radcliffe Hospital we can still see you at the Horton Antenatal Clinic unless specialist care is required, for example through the Maternal or Fetal Medicine Unit in Oxford or Silver Star.

Your midwife or GP may offer you an appointment at other Horton clinics:

  • Lifestyle Clinic
  • Anaesthetic Clinic
  • Smoking Cessation Clinic
  • Perinatal Mental Health Clinic.

We may offer you an appointment to see one of our consultant midwives (e.g. for Birth After Caesarean (BAC) or Mode of Birth).


Scans provided at the Horton Midwifery-led Unit include:

  • routine nuchal / dating scans
  • fetal anatomy scans
  • 36 week growth scans.

Other scans may be recommended depending on individual circumstances.

Last reviewed:07 October 2022