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Maternity Visiting Guidance (05/01/2022)

Support people/birthing partners attending the Maternity Unit must wear a face mask at all times (unless exempt).  Anyone not wearing a face mask will be asked to leave the department.  Birthing people in active labour are not required to wear a mask.

 

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, provided they can show evidence of a negative lateral flow test within the last 48 hours.  If evidence cannot be provided, support people will not be permitted to attend appointments.

 

Labour Ward

For labour and birth, all birthing people can be accompanied throughout (including the induction process) by one birth partner.  Birth partners must provide evidence of a negative lateral flow test within the last 48 hours. If evidence cannot be provided, support people will not be permitted to attend appointments.

 

Antenatal & Postnatal Ward

Once transferred to the Antenatal & Postnatal ward, birthing people can have their nominated support person/ birth partner as their sole visitor on the ward for the duration of their stay (swapping of visitors is currently not permitted).  Visiting times for the ward have been restricted due to increasing Covid-19 infection rates to between 14.00-17.00 hours.  Visitors to the ward must provide evidence of a negative lateral flow test within the last 48 hours and access will not be permitted for those who are unable to provide this.

 

SCBU (Special Care Baby Unit)

Parents with babies on SCBU have open access to visit their baby at any time, 24 hours a day (no other family members are currently permitted to visit).  All visitors must provide evidence of a negative lateral flow test within the last 48 hours and access will not be permitted for those who are unable to provide this.

 

There will always be exceptions made to these 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.

This guidance will be reviewed on a weekly basis or in accordance with any local or national changes to Covid-19 guidance.

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