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If you have immediate concerns or are worried about a child or young person's safety please telephone the Multi Agency Referral Unit (MARU) on 0300 123 1116

24 hour maternity triage line for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly

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This is an uncertain and anxious time for everyone who is pregnant or recently had a baby. If you have any queries or questions or need to talk to a midwife please call this number 01872 258000.

This line has been launched to take all maternity related calls from women, birthing people and their families and is staffed by wonderful midwives, 24 hours a day. If you are worried please do call. 

Families may be wondering about starting/continuing to breastfeed while Cornwall is affected by the COVID-19 virus.  The message from UK experts is that breastfeeding is not thought to increase risks to babies or to mums and that breastfeeding is beneficial to health.  Mums who are breastfeeding should continue and if they think they might have the virus, they should try to avoid coughing or sneezing over the baby.  If they feel too unwell to look after the baby, they can express milk for someone else to feed to the baby.  It’s important not to suddenly stop breastfeeding as that could cause engorgement and mastitis.  There’s useful information about all aspects of breastfeeding in the Real Baby Milk Essential Guide, given by Midwives to all expectant mums in Cornwall. The UNICEF Baby Friendly Initiative also have information about breastfeeding, formula feeding and parenting during these challenging times (please add the link as before)

Questions about any aspects of breastfeeding can be sent to the Midwifery Infant Feeding Team   (regarding babies under 4 weeks of age) or to the Health Visiting Team (any other age of baby) on the Central Advice Line (please add number).  Families can also ring the National Breastfeeding Helpline 0300 100 0212 9.30am – 9.30pm 7 days a week.

Please note that there may be a considerable delay in processing applications at this time.  Our target is 20 school days, however this may be exceeded due to the current circumstances.

We appreciate your patience and will be in touch with an outcome as soon as possible.

Update for parents and carers regarding ongoing occupational therapy work

Due to concerns about the spread of the coronavirus we have had to make some changes to the way that your Occupational Therapist works with you and your child. 

Your Occupational Therapist will ring you before a visit to ask if you would like to go ahead with it. Please let them know if your child or someone in the family is showing symptoms.

If your child, someone in your family, your Occupational Therapist or a member of their family have any of these symptoms the visit will be postponed.

If you do not want visits at the moment your Occupational Therapist will note this and we will keep in touch with you on a regular basis.  As much as possible, we will continue to work remotely for you and your child. This might be via phone calls, Skype or something similar.  Due to staffing, you may be contacted or seen by a different Occupational Therapist from the team.

We will operate a priority system for working with you and your children, for example a high priority would be where provision of moving and handling equipment in a high risk situation is necessary.

Educational Psychology Service and Autism Spectrum Team advice for educational, health and social care settings and schools.  Please visit their pages for more information: