Changes to maternity visiting - 27th November 2020

Posted on Fri, 27/11/2020

Supporting women and families in pregnancy and the immediate postnatal period during the current Covid crisis has been and remains the main priority of maternity care in Gateshead

Based on national guidance and review of our mothers and family’s needs during these difficult times, we plan to reintroduce support/ birth partners at antenatal appointments and all antenatal ultrasound scans and so from the 30th November 2020:

  • Pregnant women may be accompanied by one support/ birth partner to 12, 20 and any growth scans required in pregnancy.
  • Pregnant women may be accompanied by one support/ birth partner to Women’s Health Clinic appointments.
  • Pregnant women may be accompanied by one support/ birth partner to any Pregnancy Assessments appointments (PAU)
  • Pregnant women may be accompanied by one support/ birth partner to Community Midwife review appointments (exceptions may apply in some GP practices or if there are increased factors present within the practice,  please check with your Community Midwife and GP practice.)
  • One nominated vistor will be permitted to visit on the Antenatal/Postnatal ward between the hours of 2pm-4pm.

When attending for an appointment, we ask that in order to observe social distancing guidance your support/ birth partner waits outside the unit until you are called into a consulting room.  We ask that your support person remains in the consultation room until your appointment has concluded.

We ask that all women and support/ birth partners wear a surgical mask whilst attending appointments (if you are unable to supply one, one can be provided for you on arrival).

Please ensure that if you or your support/ birth partner are displaying any symptoms of coronavirus, you do not attend any scheduled maternity appointments.  Please contact your community midwife or the department you were due to attend for further guidance and to reschedule any planned appointments.

Women who have concerns for their health, the wellbeing of their unborn baby or their newborn baby are advised to seek immediate advice via PAU on 0191 445 2764.

Please note these are special arrangements being made for Maternity patients only and don’t apply to other patients who will be attending shared clinic areas (such as Women’s Health Clinic and GP practices) or the rest of the hospital which remains strictly locked down, due to the high local rates of infection.  We would therefore ask that women are sensitive to this when attending appointments.

Call us on 0191 482 0000

In emergencies dial 999 / Non-emergencies dial 111

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