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Keeping you, your baby and family safe during Covid-19 pandemic

If you have a specific inquiry regarding Covid-19 and your pregnancy/maternity care please contact us on 01695 656604 this number is available 24 hours per day, seven days a week. Please call if you are pregnant and have symptoms of Covid-19 and/or are currently self-isolating and have concerns about your pregnancy or yourself.

We are putting a number of measures in place to reduce the chance of the spread of Covid-19 and to protect the safety of mothers and babies in our care.

For non-Covid-19 related concerns regarding your pregnancy, please continue to use:

  • Early Pregnancy Unit 01695 656064 (Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm)
  • G Ward (emergency gynaecology problems or early pregnancy out of hours) 01695 656901
  • 16-weeks pregnant or over maternity triage 01695 656604 (24 hours)

Unfortunately, we are unable to provide advice on employment related issues.


Antenatal care

Please continue to attend your antenatal appointments as scheduled including at your GP surgery.

You can now bring one asymptomatic adult with you to all your ultrasound scan and Hospital appointments.

Antenatal appointments which take place in community settings will be subject to the restrictions put in place by the GP practice or health centre. Unfortunately, children remain unable to attend appointments with you.

If you have any symptoms or are self-isolating as per the national guidelines, please do not attend your routine appointment but call the helpline.

If you have any concerns about appointment availability or you have any symptoms that you are concerned about please call the helpline. We can advise you to ensure that your care is coordinated safely.

We have suspended the following service due to the pandemic:

  • Face-to-face parent education – we will provide you with links to access parentcraft sessions online


Birth partners attendance at triage, labour and delivery

You can bring one nominated asymptomatic birth partner to triage attendances and for the duration of labour and delivery.

On admission and attendance at triage, all women and their nominated birth partner will be expected to have Covid-19 swabs. For women booked for induction of labour or elective caesarean section, swabs will be obtained two days prior to admission, this will be arranged when you are given an admission date.

In the event of a positive swab on or prior to admission for yourself or your partner, an individual plan will be discussed with you. Partners who are Covid-19 positive will not be permitted in to the hospital, however if your timing of delivery cannot be altered you will be able to choose an alternative partner from a different household who is not currently self-isolating or symptomatic.

If you are being induced, your nominated birth partner can be with you from admission or can be contacted once labour commences. Please bear in mind the induction process can take several days and your partner’s movements on and off the ward will be very restricted. Please note catering for birth partners are limited to vending machines at this time.

For elective caesarean section, the birth partner should accompany the woman at the time of admission as directed at the pre-op telephone consultation. In all cases the birth partner will be asked to leave the hospital at the point of transfer to a postnatal area.


Maternity visiting restrictions

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, maternity visiting has been restricted this is in accordance with national guidance.

Visiting on the maternity ward is restricted to two hours a day for the nominated partner/baby’s other parent,  subject to them having a negative Covid swab, being asymptomatic and are by appointment. Appointments can be booked with the ward staff.

We appreciate that this is very restrictive, however this decision has been taken with the best interests of our families in mind. We will endeavour to discharge mums and babies home safely to their families at the earliest opportunity.


Home births

If you are interested in a home birth, please discuss with your community midwife or contact the team on 01695 656668.

Please note, our priority is the safety of all women, their babies and our staff. For this reason we will be following national Covid-19 pandemic guidance on home births as well as for hospital births, antenatal and postnatal care. Your community midwife will discuss this with you during your home assessment visit. Requirements will include the ability to be able to follow social distancing guidance and a limit of one birth partner only.

As the situation is evolving we will continue to review this weekly and update as necessary.


Postnatal care

For your postnatal care, we will continue to offer home visits as follows:

  • First day following discharge home
  • Day 5
  • Day 10
  • Additional visits depending on your individual needs


Prior to your visit the community midwife will telephone you to check if anyone in your household is self-isolating.

If you are isolating at home, we will provide telephone consultation with a midwife and follow up will be arranged depending on individual needs preferably after the period of isolation.

However, we will continue to provide care that is essential to mothers and babies throughout this time.

When maternity patients attend appointments or are admitted to hospital, we will be checking the temperature of birth partners and anyone with a temperature of 37.8 °C or above will be requested to leave the hospital.

Following admission to Maternity we are currently obtaining Covid-19 swabs on maternity patients and their nominated birth partner on admission, day 3, day 5 and every subsequent five days.

Please be advised that our guidance may change on a daily basis as we continue to receive national updates. We appreciate your co-operation with the measures that we have put in place for your safety.

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