All visiting within the Gateshead Health maternity unit is being reinstated to pre-pandemic arrangements from 1 June 2022.
Scans and antenatal appointments
For all scan and antenatal appointments in either the Community, Women’s Health clinic or on PAU, birthing people can bring one support person to attend with them. It is requested that children do not attend scan appointments wherever possible.
For labour and birth, all birthing people can still be accompanied throughout (including the induction process) by one birth partner. However, we are delighted to confirm that once in established labour, a second birthing partner can now also attend for any birthing people who would like this option of extra support in labour.
Antenatal and postnatal ward
We can also confirm that visiting on the antenatal & postnatal ward will return to pre-pandemic arrangements whereby a nominated support person can visit during the hours 10:00am- 7:45pm. No other children aged 12 and under other than siblings to attend.
All other visitors will be permitted during the visiting hours of 2:00pm – 3:00pm and then 6:30pm -7:30pm.
All visitors are required to report to the reception desk and a restriction of only 3 visitors per bed at any one time (including partner and own children) will be in place.
Unfortunately, we will be unable to accommodate other children from the ward from extended family or friends due to infection risks to newborn babies and mothers.
Testing positive for covid
If a birthing person tests positive for Covid on any pre-admission or admission swabs, visiting would still have to be restricted on the ward to just one support partner for the duration of that person’s admission, this is to control the spread of the virus and protect all patients, staff and families.
Special Care Baby Unit
Parents with babies on SCBU will continue to have open access to visit their baby at any time, 24 hours a day. However, we are very happy to announce that we can now reintroduce all other visitors to SCBU between the following hours:
3:30-4:30pm and 6:30-7:30pm. Unfortunately, no children other than siblings of the babies on SCBU can be permitted to visit, due to the infection risk this poses.
All visitors are required to report to the reception desk and a restriction of only 3 visitors per cot/incubator at any one time (including partner and own children) will be in place.
There will always be exceptions made to these visiting rules based on extenuating circumstances and each request will be assessed on an individual basis and a decision made based on a birthing persons specific needs and circumstances.