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Maternity Outpatients Self Referral Form

To make your first booking appointment (which should ideally take place between 6-12 weeks of pregnancy) please complete the: Maternity Outpatients Self Referral Form. It is important that you refer for maternity care as soon as possible after finding out you are pregnant to ensure we can give you an appointment at the right time. Your request will be processed and you will be contacted within 4 weeks.

If you think you are 10 weeks pregnant or more, please do not complete this form and contact Maternity Outpatient’s Department at Leighton Hospital by telephone on 01270 273127, Monday to Friday 8.30am – 4.30pm (excluding bank holidays).

Your first booking appointment will take approximately an hour and a half to gather as much information about you, to plan your care appropriately.

Please watch the video below prior to your booking appointment:

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If you are pregnant and have concerns up to 16 weeks, you may be able to be referred to the Early Pregnancy Assessment Unit. More information about the service and how to be referred can be found on their website page.

We would like to welcome you to our Maternity Unit

2022.06.pngBased at Leighton Hospital, we have both Consultant Led and Midwifery Led Units, providing care in a semi-rural area undertaking approximately 3,000 births per year.

To see the full range of maternity services available locally and the care we can offer see the Directory of services for Maternity Care in Cheshire and Merseyside Mid Cheshire can be found on Page 16. You may also wish to consider giving birth at Macclesfield District General Hospital or Royal Stoke Hospital. It is important that you see a Midwife as early as possible in your pregnancy. 

We give you the information that you need so you can make informed choices about your care throughout pregnancy, labour and birth. We will always ask for your consent for any type of medical treatment, test or examination throughout your pregnancy, labour and birth. For more information about consent visit: Birthrights - Consenting to treatment. Please do not hesitate to ask questions and seek advice at any time. 

We have a short video showing you how to access the Maternity Unit.

Ward relocations

From Monday 22nd January 2024:

During essential maintenance some of our maternity services will be relocated. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Both Midwifery Led Unit and Triage will be located on Ward 24. To access, use the Pink Zone Entrance and proceed along the pink corridor, take the lift/stairs on the left opposite Ward 22 to the first floor. Turn right when exiting lift/stairs to Ward 24. Ward 24 is located next to the Maternity Ward (Ward 23).

All telephone numbers will remain the same during the relocations.

If you’re experiencing domestic abuse and feel frightened of, or controlled by, a partner, an ex-partner or family member, it’s important to remember that it’s not your fault and there is no shame in seeking help.

It may seem like a difficult step to take, but there is support available and you are not alone.

Free, confidential support and advice is available to victims and their concerned family members or friends, 24 hours a day.

Refuge's National Domestic Abuse Helpline. The freephone, 24-hour National Domestic Abuse Helpline: 0808 2000 247

If you are unable to seek help for yourself, please speak to a member of staff, who will help you. 

Central Cheshire MVP.pngThe Central Cheshire Maternity Voices Partnership work with local families, to listen to their experiences, collect trends and work as a partnership to ensure women and families voices are heard.


If you would like to send in a compliment, please visit our Leighton Hospital Maternity Unit Facebook page and send your compliment via Facebook Messenger. If you would like to see some of our compliments, please visit our Facebook Page Compliments Album.

Alternatively you can contact our Customer Care Team.


If you have any concerns regarding your care please speak to a member of staff and ask to be contacted by a Manager in the first instance. If this does not resolve your concerns, you can contact our Customer Care Team

Conducting quality research is essential to providing evidence-based care with the aim to improve patient care. Leighton Hospital Maternity Unit has been a research active site for many years.

Midwives work jointly with the Trust’s Research and Development Team to encourage a research culture within the unit which promotes service development and provides the opportunity for women to participate in ethically approved studies. Research midwives and a Paediatric research nurse support the Women and Children’s Division, recruiting to a wide range of reproductive health and paediatric studies.

In addition to your normal hospital care you may be invited to take part in one of the many research studies currently being undertaken at the Trust.

Clinical research helps us to improve and develop the care that is given to women, their babies and children. This could be a drug trial, a screening study, a questionnaire or a combination of these and your participation is entirely voluntary.

We appreciate the help and support we have received from women and their families, both in the past and currently.

If you are interested in the current research we are undertaking, please visit the Research and Development page.