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Changes to visiting in maternity - Monday 10 August 2020

We are very pleased to announce that we are inviting birth partners into the antenatal and postnatal wards from Monday 10 August.

We are also extending the attendance of birth partners in early labour, assessment of labour and induction of labour.

  • One birth partner will be invited to attend Triage with you for assessment in labour and remain with you for support during labour, birth and for the first few hours following birth.
  • One birth partner may attend the antenatal ward to offer support during the induction of labour process from 10am - 6pm
  • One birth partner may attend the antenatal ward (for women who are not in labour/ IOL) 4pm-6pm
  • One birth partner may attend the postnatal ward for 1 x 2 hour session either at 10am -12pm or 4pm-6pm. The ward staff will guide you to the most appropriate visiting time.

Whilst visiting the hospital we would like to ask all birth partners to follow the advice below:

Advice for birth partners attending the hospital:

  • You will be asked to clean/rub your hands with the alcohol-based gel when you arrive and leave.
  • You will be asked to wear a face covering. You should bring one with you and put it on before entering the hospital. You may be asked to wear additional protective garments by staff if you are entering a Covid area.
  • You will be asked a series of questions by the staff and have your temperature checked. This is normal in the current times and is intended to try and make sure that everyone stays safe.
  • Part of the process of being a designated visitor for someone in hospital includes being asked to provide your contact details; this is to assist Public Health, Trace and Protect colleagues should there be a need to contact you.
  • Please understand that staff are being asked to put in place restrictions for everyone’s safety. Abuse of staff for seeking to manage the visiting restrictions (or for any reason) will not be tolerated and anyone abusing staff will be asked to leave the maternity unit.
  • Please do not to bring in food parcels, flowers, helium balloons or similar items

Please do not visit if:

  • You have felt unwell recently – especially with a cough, breathlessness, tiredness, a temperature, vomiting or diarrhoea
  • You have been in contact with someone, in the past 14 days, who is suspected of having or is confirmed as having COVID-19.