Day Assessment Unit (DAU)

Day Assessment Unit (DAU)

Day Assessment Unit is an outpatient antenatal unit, offering planned appointments for additional maternal and fetal assessment and screening in pregnancy. This is open Monday to Friday 08:30 to 19:30 and Weekends 09:00 till 16:30.

It is important to get in touch with us if you have any concerns during your pregnancy.

Call your midwife or maternity unit immediately if:

  • your baby is moving less than usual
  • you cannot feel your baby moving anymore
  • there is a change to your baby's usual pattern of movements

They'll need to check your baby's movements and heartbeat.

Do not wait until the next day – call immediately, even if it's the middle of the night.

You can find out more about monitoring your baby's movements here.

When would I need to go to the Day Assessment Unit?

The Day Assessment Unit (DAU) is an outpatient service where you can be checked and monitored for any concerns related to your or your baby's health. This could be because you are feeling unwell, have unusual symptoms, or have noticed a change in your baby's movements. 

We can see you after your 18th week of pregnancy - you may be referred by your GP, your midwife, or via antenatal clinic or another healthcare setting. We can also offer advice over the telephone and may advise you to come in for an appointment with us where needed.  

Where to find us

Eastern services

RD&E Wonford, Barrack Rd, Exeter EX2 5DW

Centre for Women's Health

  • Maternity Triage, Level 2
  • FMAU Clinic 1, Level 1
  • Antenatal/Postnatal Ward, Level 2

Northern services

We are based in the Ladywell Unit of North Devon District Hospital, Level 2.

North Devon District Hospital
Raleigh Park
EX31 4JB

When you arrive please press the bell for Basset Ward and explain that you have arrived for an appointment in the Day Assessment Unit. 

Last updated: June 17, 2024.