Maternity day assessment unit (MDAU)

The maternity day assessment team can help you if you have concerns about your pregnancy. 

We're open from 9am to 2.30am every day on D level at the Princess Anne Hospital.

When should I come to MDAU?

Your midwife may refer you to the unit.

Alternatively, you can refer yourself to us by phone. If you have a minor concern, please visit the Healthier Together website or download the Wessex Healthier Together app. These provide advice on common pregnancy concerns and what you should do next.

If your concern is not resolved using the advice from Healthier Together, you can call us on 023 8120 4463 to refer yourself to the unit.

Out of hours

If you have a concern while the unit isn't open (between 2.30am and 9am), please call Labour Line on 0300 123 9001 or the labour ward on 023 8120 6002.

What happens when I come to MDAU?

When you arrive at MDAU, please let the receptionist know.

A midwife will assess your condition and decide on further action - this is called triage. We aim to do this within 15 minutes, but please be aware that you may need to wait longer at busy times. The triage system ensures that people with the most serious conditions are seen first.

We assign each patient a colour based on how urgently they need to be seen:

Red means that the patient needs immediate medical attention.

Orange means that the patient should be seen within the next 15 minutes. 

Yellow means that the patient should be seen within one hour.

Green means that the patient should be seen within four hours.

We may be able to sort out your concern on the unit, or you might need to be seen by a doctor.

Please bring your maternity notes any time you attend MDAU. These give us useful information about your medical history.

What happens next?

If you're asked to return for a follow-up appointment or review, this appointment will be in our scheduled care department on D level at the Princess Anne Hospital.