Updated advice regarding pregnancy care

Posted on Mon, 29/06/2020

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We understand that the Covid-19 pandemic has been a very worrying time for pregnant women and we thank you for your patience and understanding regarding service changes that have affected your pregnancy care. 

We are currently in a gradual recovery process from Coronavirus and following review we are pleased to announce the following service changes that come into effect from Monday 29th June 2020.

 

Attendance for Ultrasound Scans

We regret that as we are unable to ensure social distancing measures in scan environments, partners and support persons are unable to attend.  We ask that you attend your scan alone.  This reflects guidance outlined in a joint statement from The Society and College of Radiographers (SCoR), the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) and the British Medical Ultrasound Society (BMUS).  This will be reviewed on a regular basis

 

Attendance for appointments at Women’s Health Clinic

We regret that as we are unable to ensure social distancing measures within Women’s Health Clinic, partners and support persons are unable to attend.  We ask that you attend all appointments alone.

 

Attendance at Pregnancy Assessment Unit (PAU)

For women attending review on the Pregnancy Assessment Unit you can be accompanied by one support person only.  We ask that all women and their support person wear a mask at all times and remain in the allocated room for the duration of their time on the unit, in accordance with social distancing measures.

We ask if you can, to provide your own mask, if you are unable to provide one, one can be provided for you.  Please ensure you wash your hands thoroughly on entry and exit to the unit.

 

Induction of Labour

As per advice issued on 9th April 2020, one support person may accompany you during your Induction of Labour.

 

Labour and Birth

As per advice issued on 27th March 2020, one support person may accompany you during Labour and Birth.

We ask that your birth supporter wears a mask at all times and remains in the allocated room for the duration of their time on the unit, in accordance with social distancing measures.

We ask visitors, if they can, to provide their own mask, if they are unable to provide one, one can be provided for them.  Please ensure you wash your hands thoroughly on entry and exit to the unit.  Women in labour are not required to wear a mask on labour ward however should they chose to do so this will be respected.

 

Antenatal and Postnatal Ward

For Antenatal or Postnatal patients your partner or one nominated support person for the duration of your stay will be able to visit between 14.00 hours and 19.30 hours.  We ask that visitors wear a mask at all times and remain in the allocated room for the duration of their time on the unit, in accordance with social distancing measures.

We ask visitors, if they can, to provide their own mask, if they are unable to provide one, one can be provided for them.  Please ensure you wash your hands thoroughly on entry and exit to the unit.

 

Special Care Baby Unit

Two parents can visit their baby together 24 hours a day. We ask visitors, if they can, to provide their own mask, if they are unable to provide one, one can be provided for them.  Please ensure you wash your hands thoroughly on entry and exit to the unit.

 

Attendance at Antenatal appointments in the Community

We are currently discussing with our partners within Primary Care Services regarding ensuring social distancing measures can be followed in Community settings.  We ask that you currently attend appointments alone and we will update you in due course

As a minimum this guidance will be reviewed on a 2 weekly basis but please note this guidance may be subject to change at short notice dependant on updated local and national guidance.

Please ensure that if you or your partner/ support person are displaying any symptoms of Coronavirus we ask that you do not attend the unit.

All visitors must sign in to the ward with contact details provided and which patient they are visiting to enable ‘test and trace’ to be enacted if necessary. Visitor details will be held for 21 days only to comply with legal information governance requirements.

Women who have any concerns for their health, the wellbeing of their unborn baby or their newborn baby are asked to seek immediate advice via PAU on 445 2764.

Call us on 0191 482 0000

In emergencies dial 999 / Non-emergencies dial 111

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