Visiting our maternity services
Due to the COVID-19 response, guidance for visiting our maternity services has changed. We know this is a precious time for mums and families, and we are regularly reviewing arrangements to allow visiting where possible and while keeping our patients, visitors, and staff safe.
As of Wednesday, 13 January 2021, we have taken the difficult decision to temporarily suspend partners from being able to accompany patients to some maternity growth scans. This is due to the size and ventilation capabilities of our ultrasound scanning rooms; meaning adequate social distancing cannot take place for all scans. However we can still welcome partners to 12 and 20 week scans.
Please see below for all of our current visitor guidance.
The decisions have not been taken lightly, but with Covid-19 cases rising considerably locally and nationally, we have to ensure the safety of parents, babies and our staff. We understand how difficult this may be for some patients and we know how important these accompanied visits are for you.
Please contact your maternity team on 01284 713755 or email@example.com or out of hours on 01284 713272 if you have concerns about the wellbeing of yourself or your unborn baby. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
- Partners are welcome to accompany mums-to-be to their 12-week dating scans, 20-week anomaly scans. As with everyone attending the hospital, partners should provide and wear face coverings throughout their visit.
- Partners cannot attend maternity growth scans.
- Children are not permitted to attend scans with partners, regardless of age.
- Please note – although partners will be permitted to attend the above scans, they will not be able to accompany you to any separate appointments you may have, as social distancing requirements will still be in force in our waiting area, nor will they be able to accompany you to the Early Pregnancy Assessment Unit (EPAU), where the waiting area is similarly restricted.
Maternity Day Assessment Unit
- The Maternity Day Assessment Unit is not able to accommodate partners or visitors at present, in order to keep everyone as safe as possible.
- We ask that your partner or person accompanying you to hospital waits for you in the car or grounds outside the hospital, or stays in contact with you by mobile phone and returns to collect you when you are ready to go home.
- When you arrive at the doors, you will be met by a midwife or midwifery care assistant who will show you to an area where you will be assessed. Everyone will be wearing the appropriate personal protective equipment when they approach you.
- Please do continue to call us if you have any concerns about your or your baby’s well-being, particularly if your baby’s movements are reduced.
Labour Suite and the Midwifery Led Birthing Unit
- One partner is welcome to remain with you when you are in labour, and the same applies to those having a planned caesarean section. In all but extreme circumstances they will be able to stay with you throughout the birth, and we’ll do our utmost to make sure this happens.
- You and your chosen partner do not have to be from the same household.
- Partners can attend any admission/assessment on the Labour Suite and the Midwifery Led Birthing Unit - this includes triage assessments.
- Partners are now able to attend from the start of admission to the Labour Suite and Midwifery Led Birthing Unit.
- Partners - please be prepared to stay on the unit once you have settled in, i.e. bring plenty of snacks and drinks, etc. and bring everything you might need from the car so that you can reduce the amount of time spent walking around the hospital. This is to keep you and others safe.
- You are welcome to have a visitor to see you for one hour per day whilst staying on F11. The visitor should be your nominated significant person; this will remain the same person for the duration of your stay. Unfortunately, children cannot visit at present.
- Appointments for visiting must be booked in advance by calling F11 on 01284 713216, our staff will be caring for patients so there may sometimes be a delay in answering your call.
- Anyone who has any symptoms of COVID, is currently self-isolating, or has household members with COVID symptoms must not visit.
- All visitors must provide and wear a face covering on arrival to the hospital and for the duration of their visit. Visitors arriving early should wait outside of the hospital prior until their appointment time, and should leave promptly after their visit. Strict hand hygiene must be adhered to at all times- staff will direct you to hand washing/hand gel facilities.
- If you need to be admitted to Ward F11 after being assessed on the Labour Suite or MLBU, or after having your baby, your midwife will take you on to the ward after you have spent time with your partner and any questions your partner has have been answered.
- If you need to be admitted during your pregnancy, please be aware that you will also need to be prepared to remain on the ward, and avoid making trips around the hospital and outside. Make sure you have plenty to keep you occupied and a supply of snacks, etc. This is to keep you as safe as possible and reduce your risk of coming into contact with the virus.
- Staff are on hand to provide emotional and physical support, as well has helping with the practicalities. You will not be alone.
- You are welcome to keep your phone charged (make sure you pack your charger) so that you can keep in contact with your partner and family outside of visits. Please be aware that we are unable to disclose any information about any of our patients over the telephone. We want to keep your partner involved as much as possible, but we must abide by rules to protect patient confidentiality.
- When you are ready to be discharged from hospital the process for collecting you will be explained by the staff.
We know that there may be exceptional circumstances that make this policy difficult for you, and we would encourage you to discuss this with your midwife.