Maternity patients in BHR now need to provide proof of identity and address at first scan.
Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust is taking part in a national Department of Health pilot looking at how best to establish whether patients, across all departments, are eligible for free care.
The pilot will begin Monday 4 September.
In BHR, this will focus on our maternity patients. We’d like to ask for your support and when referring maternity patients to the Trust, please notify them that they’ll need to bring proof of identification with a photo; such as a valid driving licence, passport or residence permit; and; proof of address; such as a recent utility or council tax bill, or bank statement, to their first appointment. This will not affect the care they receive and no one will be refused maternity care.
A full list of acceptable identification can be found at bhrhospitals.nhs.uk/maternity-pilot. Please feel free to direct patients to the website for more information.