Changes to maternity visiting

Posted on Wed, 11/11/2020

Babies feet held by midwife

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. 

We have managed to maintain the current visiting guidance in the maternity department since 11th September however due to high levels of Covid 19 circulating in the Community and high levels of staff being affected by Covid 19 we need to make some changes to our visiting policy to preserve and ensure we are able to maintain safe levels of care.

From Wednesday 11th November all visiting within the Maternity department will be suspended.  We will not be able to permit visitors to the Antenatal and Postnatal Ward from this date. 

  • Visiting remains suspended on the Pregnancy Assessment Unit with the exception of women attending for their 20 week scan.  One birth supporter,  may accompany you to your scan although they will be asked to wait outside the unit until called in for scanning purposes.

  • One birth supporter will be permitted to attend the 12 week and 20 week scans that are carried out in the Women’s Health Clinic, again birth supporters will be asked to wait outside the unit until called in for scanning purposes. 

  • One birth supporter may attend during the Induction of Labour process and during Labour.  We ask that all birth supporters attending during the Induction of Labour and for Labour remain in the room allocated at all times to reduce the risk of movement around the clinical areas. 

Where birth supporters are permitted to the unit we ask that they wear a face mask for the duration of their time in the unit and supply contact details for Test and Trace purposes.

The current schedule of antenatal care with your community midwife/ obstetric team remains unchanged.  We ask that you attend these appointments alone and wear a face mask during your appointment.

Please ensure that if you or your birth supporter are displaying any symptoms of Coronavirus we ask that you do not attend the Maternity, women’s health or Special care unit or an appointment with your community midwife. Please contact Pregnancy Assessment Unit on 0191 4452764 for further advice.

These restrictions will remain in place for the next 2 weeks and will be reviewed again at this time.  Dependant on the current situation with regards to the Covid 19 pandemic this visiting guidance may be subject to change at short notice.”

In exceptional circumstances these conditions may be amended on an individual patient basis.  Please speak to your midwife if you have any concerns regarding your care and forthcoming birth.  The team caring for you may recommend amendments to the outlined guidance based on your individual circumstances.

Call us on 0191 482 0000

In emergencies dial 999 / Non-emergencies dial 111

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