Update on maternity visiting

Posted on Fri, 11/09/2020

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With the rise in confirmed coronavirus cases in the Gateshead area, we have made the difficult decision to place restrictions on our current visiting policies in the maternity department. This is to ensure we can continue to maintain a safely-staffed maternity service and ensure the safety of the mothers and babies in our care, as well as the wellbeing of our staff.

Following robust risk assessments and, using recent national guidance, the following guidance applies: 

Pregnancy Assessment Unit

The increasing numbers of women and partners attending the Pregnancy Assessment Unit has highlighted that we are no longer able to maintain safe social distancing standards in this small clinical area and with immediate effect we ask that all women attend appointments on their own.  This is with the exception of women attending PAU for a 20 week scan or attending in labour who may still attend with 1 partner.

We ask that women wear a mask for the duration of their visit to PAU (except if exempt or in labour) and wash your hands thoroughly on entry and exit to the unit.

Antenatal and Postnatal Ward

The increased number of visitors to our Antenatal/ Postnatal ward is also an area for concern and so, to reduce the risk of transmission of coronavirus to mums, babies, birthing partners and also to our staff, visiting times for the ward will be restricted to 14.00 – 17.00.

For Antenatal or Postnatal patients your partner or one nominated support person for the duration of your stay will be able to visit between these times. A change of your nominated support person will unfortunately not be permitted.

We ask that all visitors wear a face mask before entering the maternity unit (unless exempt) and continue to wear the mask for the duration of their time on the unit.

We ask that all visitors remain in the allocated room for the duration of their time on the unit in order to maintain social distancing guidance.  All visitors are asked to wash their hands thoroughly on entry and exit to the unit.

Visitors who fail to comply with these requirements will be politely asked to comply with our request or will be requested to leave the premises.

 

(The following visiting guidance remains unchanged from advice published on 29th June 2020) 

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.

 

Induction of Labour

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

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.

 

Labour and Birth

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

We ask that all visitors wear a face mask before entering the maternity unit and continue to wear the mask for the duration of their time on the unit. We ask that all visitors remain in the allocated room for the duration of their time on the unit in order to maintain social distancing guidance.  All visitors are asked to wash their hands thoroughly on entry and exit to the unit.

 

Attendance at Antenatal appointments in the Community

As we are unable to maintain social distancing measures in all community settings, we ask that you attend appointments alone.  We ask that you wear a mask for the duration of your visit and wash your hands thoroughly on entry and exit to the clinic.

 

Obstetric Ultrasound scans in pregnancy

Women attending for an Early Pregnancy (EPAU), 12 week dating and 20 week anomaly scans may attend with one support person.

We ask that your support person waits outside the building and be ready to attend with the patient when they are called for the scan.  If they are not immediately available when requested then the scan will proceed without them to prevent any delays.  Your support person will be expected to leave the building immediately afterwards.

We ask that all visitors put on a face mask before entering the maternity unit and continue to wear the mask for the duration of their time on the unit.  All visitors are asked to wash their 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 that all visitors put on a face mask before entering the maternity unit and continue to wear the mask for the duration of their time on the unit. We ask that all visitors remain in the allocated room for the duration of their time on the unit in order to maintain social distancing guidance.  All visitors are asked to wash their hands thoroughly on entry and exit to the unit.

 

Please ensure that if you or your partner/support person are displaying any symptoms of Coronavirus, you do not attend the Maternity, Women’s Health or Special Care Baby Unit or an appointment with your community midwife.

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 heath, the wellbeing of their unborn baby or their newborn baby are advised 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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