The combined medical services are provided free by your GP and a hospital obstetrician.

The GP provides an initial examination, if possible before 12 weeks, and a further 6 examinations during the pregnancy, which are alternated with visits to the maternity unit/hospital. The schedule of visits may be changed by your GP and/or hospital obstetrician, depending on your individual situation.

If you have a significant illness, e.g. diabetes or hypertension, you may have up to 5 additional visits to the GP.

Number of weeks of pregnancy Visit to General Practitioner Visit to Maternity unit/Hospital
Before 12 weeks *  
Before 20 weeks   *
24 weeks *  
28 weeks * (except first pregnancy) * (on first pregnancy)
30 weeks *  
32 weeks   *
34 weeks *  
36 weeks   *
37 weeks *  
38 weeks   *
39 weeks *  
40 weeks   *
Birth of Baby    
2 weeks after baby's birth (for baby) *  
6 weeks after baby's birth (for mother and baby) *  

Illnesses that occur during this time but are not pregnancy related are not covered under this Scheme.

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Appointments can be made in person at reception or by phoning 045 838 496