Antenatal Day Unit (ANDU) and Rusper Ward

The Antenatal Day Unit (ANDU) at East Surrey Hospital is on Rusper Ward, the antenatal inpatient ward.  This is where you will be reviewed by a midwife or doctor if you or your community midwife have any concerns about your baby(ies) or your own safety during pregnancy from 16 weeks to 42 weeks gestation.  These concerns may include:

  • reduced baby movements
  • vaginal bleeding
  • abdominal pain
  • signs of Obstetric cholestasis: persistent itching (which is worse at night), more noticeable on the hands and feet, but can be all over the body, dark urine, pale poo, yellowing of the skin and whites of the eyes (jaundice), but this is less common
  • waters leaking from your vagina
  • signs of labour
  • signs of pre-eclampsia: raised blood pressure, protein in your urine, severe headache that doesn’t go away with simple painkillers, problems with vision, such as blurring or flashing before the eyes, severe pain just below the ribs, heartburn that doesn’t go away with antacids, rapidly increasing swelling of the face, hands or feet, feeling very unwell
  • raised temperature/feeling unwell


This list is not exhaustive.  If you have any concerns please ring Maternity Triage on 01737 231 764 where an experienced midwife is waiting to support you with the best advice.

In a life threatening emergency, always ring 999.

We try to limit waiting times in the ANDU by operating an appointment system where possible.  However, this is an urgent care environment similar to an emergency department, where people with the most critical concerns will need to be prioritised.  We will communicate with you throughout your waiting time and appreciate your patience.

Please always call before attending ANDU and bring with you your antenatal notes and refreshments for yourself and any support people with you.

Rusper Ward visiting times

The Rusper Ward is our antenatal inpatient ward.  Only pregnant women will be admitted to stay on this ward at night time.  We offer care to women with any complications of pregnancy requiring close observation on this ward, together with women who are commencing their labour through induction.

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Birth partners are invited to visit the ward throughout the day but can only stay during the night if your contractions are starting.

Other visitors are welcome between 12pm – 8pm. Only your own children are allowed to visit you on the ward.

During the pandemic, our visiting restrictions have been updated for yours, your families and our colleagues safety. Please click here for our full visiting restrictions.

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