Visiting Update - April 2021
From 3 May 2021, all parents of babies cared for on the Neonatal and Transitional Care Unit at Worcestershire Royal Hospital will be required to undertake a Lateral Flow Test prior to coming into hospital to be with your baby.
Lateral Flow Testing is a fast and simple way to test people who do not have symptoms of COVID-19, but who may still be spreading the virus. This test will help us protect your baby, other parents and staff that work in the Neonatal and Transitional Care Unit against the spread of COVID-19.
You will be required to complete a Lateral Flow Test regardless of whether you have any symptoms of COVID-19. Everyone in England can now access free, regular, rapid coronavirus (COVID-19) testing. These can be completed by yourself in your home or accessed at testing stations locally.
You will need to bring evidence of a negative COVID-19 test result twice weekly and show this to one of the nurses on the Neonatal or Transitional Care Unit. The frequency of testing is in line with staff testing that work in our hospital.
Test results, whether positive or negative, will impact how we manage your presence in the neonatal areas, we will try our best to manage this in the best possible way for you and your baby.
Where can I get a Lateral Flow Test?
- Lateral flow testing is available at testing sites across Worcestershire. Book a test in one of the testing sites
- Free regular Lateral flow tests are available from participating pharmacies across Worcestershire
To have a test in one of the participating pharmacies, you must be over 12 years of age and have no symptoms of COVID-19. You can book a test in a pharmacy here
Where can I get a home testing kit?
Home testing kits can be collected from any of the rapid testing sites listed here.
What if my result is negative?
A negative result means, that at the time the swab was taken, no COVID-19 could be detected. However, it does not tell you if you have already had the infection.
You must still take precautions, such as maintaining social distancing, hand washing and wearing a mask to help prevent infection.
You must take evidence of a negative COVID-19 test result and show this to one of the nurses on the Neonatal or Transitional Care Unit
What if my result is positive?
It is unclear what the significance of a positive screening result is in the absence of any symptoms. It may mean that:
- you have had a mild infection in the last 28 days
- you could have a current infection without symptoms that you have noticed, or
- you could be incubating COVID-19 and may develop symptoms in a few days.
Unfortunately, there is nothing that we can do to identify which of the above reasons apply, which is why we have to treat anyone with a positive result as potentially infectious.
Following a positive test result, you will be advised to book a PCR COVID-19 test at one of the local testing sites. You will be unable to visit until you have received confirmation of a negative test result.
If your PCR test also indicates a positive result you will need to self-isolate for 10 days and the Public Health England stay-at-home guidance should be followed for you and anyone you live with.
About the Neonatal Unit
We have a local Neonatal Unit at Worcestershire Royal Hospital. We accept babies from 28 weeks gestation and above. Your baby may be cared for in the neonatal unit if they require intensive or high dependency care.
The unit is staffed by doctors, specialist nurses including neonatal and children's nurses, midwives, nursery nurses and health care assistants. They are all there to support you and your baby during your stay on the unit.
The length of time your baby will spend on the unit could be anything from a few days to a few months. We will always keep you informed of your baby's progress and encourage you to help with all aspects of your baby's care.
Please keep siblings at home if they have a cough, cold or sore throat in order to reduce the risk of infection on the unit.
Our aim is to deliver family centred care and encourage parents to be involved in all aspects of their baby’s care during their stay on the Neonatal Unit.
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