We offer a range of clinics and services here at Acton Health Centre to support you when planning a family, from preconception advice to postnatal care.
Your Pregnancy, Your Choice
When you first learn that you’re pregnant you can either contact your GP, Midwife or self-refer to a maternity unit of your choice. Each maternity unit has a website with details on how to self-refer, advice and further information.
Useful Information, Advice, Resources and Contact Details:
Giving Birth in NW London Maternity Booklet or Maternity Booklet – Easy Read
How many appointments you’ll have
Your first visit and booking appointment
Checking your baby’s development and wellbeing
Maternity Units in NW London
Hillingdon Hospital, Pield Heath Road, Uxbridge, Middlesex UB8 3NNTel: 01895 279442
Fax: 01895 279613
Northwick Park Hospital, Watford Road, Harrow, HA1 3UJTel: 020 8869 5252
Fax: 020 8869 2880
Queen Charlotte’s and Chelsea Hospital, Du Cane Road, London W12 0HSTel: 020 3312 6135
Fax: 020 8383 8518
West Middlesex University Hospital, Twickenham Road, Isleworth, Middlesex TW7 6AFTel: 020 8321 5007 or 020 8321 6420
Fax: 020 8321 5040
St Mary’s Hospital, Praed Street, Paddington W2 1NYTel: 020 3312 6135
Fax: 020 3312 1831
Chelsea & Westminster Hospital, 369 Fulham Road, London SW10 9NHTel: 020 3315 6000
Fax: 020 3315 7910
Maternity Booking Service, QCCH, 4th Floor, Hammersmith House,
Du Cane Road, London, W12 0HS – For general enquiries
Community Midwifery Contact Details
West Middlesex University Hospital (WMUH)Address: Community Midwifery Office, Queen Mary Maternity Unit, West Middlesex University Hospital, Twickenham Road, Isleworth, Middlesex TW7 6AF
Tel: 020 8321 2581
Fax: 020 8321 6823
The Hillingdon Hospital (THH)
Address: Community Midwifery Office, Queen Mary Maternity Unit, West Middlesex University Hospital, Twickenham Road, Isleworth, Middlesex TW7 6AF
Tel: 01895 279472
Fax: 01895 279 589
London North West Healthcare NHS Trust – Northwick Park Hospital (LNWHT – NPH)Address: Community Midwifery Office, 5th Floor, Maternity Unit, Northwick Park Hospital, Watford Road, Harrow, Middlesex HA1 3UJ
Tel: 020 8869 2871 or 020 8235 4252
Fax: 020 8869 5153
Imperial College Healthcare Trust (ICHT) – Queen Charlotte’sAddress: Community Midwifery Office, Queen Charlotte’s and Chelsea Hospital, Du Cane Road, London W12 0HS
Tel: 020 3313 5185
Imperial College Healthcare Trust (ICHT) – St Mary’s HospitalAddress: Community Midwifery Office, Maternity Unit, St. Mary’s Hospital, Praed Street, London W2 1NY
Tel: 02033126605 (Antenatal) or 02033121158 (Post-natal)
Our family planning clinics offer free, confidential advice and information about contraception and sexual health.
We provide a range of services including:
Confidential advice about contraception
The combined oral contraceptive pill
The Progestogen-only pill
Limited supplies of free condoms
Free emergency contraception
Confidential advice about STIs
Unplanned pregnancy advice
Free pregnancy tests
Pre-conception advice and fertility awareness information
Fitting and checking of caps, diaphragms, and coils (intrauterine devices, or IUDs)
Please book an appointment (through reception or via our online services) with your GP to discuss any of the above in more detail.
NHS Choices – Planning a Pregnancy
If you’ve forgotten to take your pill, your condom split or you’ve had unprotected sex and you don’t wish to be pregnant we would advise emergency contraception. The sooner you take it the better; ideally within 3 days of unprotected sex but sometimes up to 5 days after ovulation.
Emergency contraception is available free even if you’re under 16 from
Contraception and Sexual Health Services
Some GPs (family doctors) –phone for an emergency appointment
Some Pharmacies (some will charge)
Some Urgent care centres
If you’ve had unprotected sex or your condom failed, it is also really important to consider your risk for sexually transmitted infections and to think about your long-term contraception needs.
Please attend the local Sexual Health/Contraceptive Clinics.
Emergency contraception is available as a tablet or a ‘coil’ (Intrauterine Device – IUD). The IUD is more effective. The healthcare professional you see will be able to advise you, depending on your preference, risk or pregnancy, medical conditions, medication and when your last period was.
More information about your choices is available from:
Emergency Contraception Leaflet
Postnatal care extends for between 6-8 weeks after the birth of your baby. During this period, routine checks are carried out by the health visitor and you and your baby’s recovery is monitored. This is in the form of a 6-8 week baby check and a 6 week postnatal check for the mum. Please make appointments to see the Doctor for these. Once completed, you can book appointments with the nurse for your baby’s vaccinations.
During your postnatal care you will find out about feeding, potty training, illnesses, safety and more. You will be able to ask your health visitor questions and request advice.
NHS Choices – Birth to 5 years old guide
If you are planning to have a baby or you need to know more information about how to look after yourself and your unborn baby, please book an appointment with your GP.
We can provide you with all the information you need to know to have a happy and healthy pregnancy.
NHS Choices – Before you try to get pregnant
NHS Choices – Pregnancy Care Planner
NHS Choices – See how your baby will develop