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Coronavirus (COVID-19) and your pregnancy

Due to the recent outbreak of coronavirus, our service is changing slightly to ensure the safety of yourself, your family and our staff.

Whatever your personal situation, please consider the following:

  • If you have any concerns you will be able to contact your maternity team as usual, but please note they may take longer to get back to you.

  • If you have an urgent problem related to your pregnancy but not related to Coronavirus, get in touch using the same emergency contact details you already have. Please do not contact this number unless you have an urgent problem.

  • If you have symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), please follow the standard procedure which can be found here. Please call your maternity service and they will arrange the right place and time to come for your visits. You should not attend a routine clinic.

  • You will be asked to keep the number of people with you to a minimum. This will include being asked to not bring children with you to maternity appointments. For full visitor information, visit this page.

  • There may be a need to reduce the number of antenatal visits you have. This will be communicated with you. Do not reduce your number of visits without agreeing first with your maternity team.

We are guided by advice that has been published by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.

You can read their guidance here

Visitor information

Antenatal Scans

  • If women are coming to the hospital for a dating or anomaly scan their partner will be asked to wait in the waiting room. Due to social distancing they will not be allowed to go into the scan room
  • Any woman attending for any other scans or appointments their partners are to remain in their car outside

Maternity Day Assessment Unit

  • Partners are not allowed to accompany women onto the Maternity Day Assessment Unit.

Labour Suite

  • One partner is still allowed to be with a woman on labour suite, but they must be from the same household.

Postnatal Ward – Ward F11

  • No visitors are allowed on Ward F11 – this includes partners
  • When a mum and baby is ready to be discharged from hospital the process for picking them up will be explained by the staff.

We acknowledge that there may be exceptional circumstances that makes this policy difficult for you and we would encourage you to discuss this with your midwife. 

Guidance for formula feeding

If you are formula feeding your baby please follow the instructions on the packaging. Please do not water down the feed or add any other milk substitutes. If you have any queries please refer to the website here.

Guidance for breastfeeding

If you are breastfeeding your baby please continue to do so, more information is available here.