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Maternity Visiting

Coronavirus: Maternity Visiting

Antenatal Scans and Appointments

Support partners are now able to attend all antenatal scans appointments as long as they can provide a negative COVID-19 test result, taken within 24 hours of the appointment. On arrival they must show the negative test result to reception staff. It is compulsory for support partners and the expectant mother to have a negative test result to attend on-site.

This is important as many people who have COVID-19 have no symptoms, but they can still spread the virus to other people. 

Free rapid testing is available at community testing sites, in workplaces and at home. Please see the locations under 'Where can I go for a free COVID-19 test' below.

All members of the public attending the scans will be required to wear a face mask and adhere to social distancing rules to ensure the safety of patients and staff.

You should attend your appointment 15 minutes before your scheduled time. 

Please also remember to wash or gel your hands on entering the building and as advised by staff whilst at your appointment.

Due to social distancing requirements we may ask your support partner to wait in the car or marquee prior to your appointment.

Paediatric ward

  • Parents / carers only

Neonatal Unit

  • Two parents have open access to their baby on neonatal unit
  • Maintain strict social distancing at home, isolating from people outside your home as much as possible
  • Avoid using public transport
  • Please shower and wear clean clothes before you visit
  • Answer screening questions and have your temperature checked on arrival to maternity reception
  • Wash or gel your hands on entering the building and as advised by staff whilst on NNU
  • You must wear a surgical mask covering mouth and nose throughout the building, but we recognise the need to remove your masks when interacting with your baby to enhance your baby’s development and bonding. We ask that you make sure you are wearing your mask when staff are within 2 metres or if you leave your baby’s cot space
  • Stay by your baby’s cot, remaining at least 2 metres apart from other families
  • Maintain social distancing with staff where possible
  • One visit to NNU per day, once you leave the unit you cannot come back
  • Bring everything that you will need for the day, including snacks/drinks. Our drinks kitchen is available for you to use
  • The parents room is open to use the toilet, no more than two parents to be in this room at any one time, maintain 2 metres social distancing.
  • Virtual discussions with nursing and medical staff about your baby’s care are available, just let us know
  • We offer vCreate and Baby Diary to help keep in touch
  • We encourage parents to have lateral flow COVID-19 test twice a week.

Access for Birth Partners to the New Cross Maternity Department

All members of the public attending the unit with their partners will be required to wear a face mask and adhere to social distancing rules to ensure the safety of patients and staff.

We are very much in support of partners being able to attend at such an important time for families but the safety of our pregnant women, their partners and our staff is our top priority. 

In the meantime the following existing access arrangements across Women’s and Neonatal Services remain in place;

  • One birth partner can attend with women in labour on the Delivery Suite and the Midwifery Led Unit

  • One support partner can be present on the Induction Suite from 10:00am-9:00pm every day

  • On the Maternity Triage Unit (MTU) one birth partner can attend within each bed space

  • Maternity Ward (D10) visiting for partners only can attend between 12:00pm-6:00pm once the mother receives a negative COVID-19 result

  • If your baby requires Transitional Care, you will stay with your baby. Partners can be with you for up to six hours between 11:00am and 7:00pm

  • On the Neonatal Unit, one parent can be with their baby all the time, and the second parent can be present between 11:00am and 7:00pm for up to six hours.

All areas within Maternity will consider compassionate visiting/extenuating circumstances; at the discretion of the Ward Manager or Matron.

Q&As on COVID-19 Rapid Testing

There are numerous testing sites you can go to for your test. 

The sites in Wolverhampton are;

  • New Cross Hospital, Wolverhampton Rd, Heath Town, Wolverhampton, WV10 0QP
    The pop up site is located near the entrance of A34 (Eye Referral Unit) and close to the entrance of Outpatients and Maternity.
    The opening hours are Monday to Friday 8am-4pm.

  • The Civic Centre, St Peter's Square, WV1 1SH
    The opening hours are Monday to Friday 8am-6pm and Saturday to Sunday 10am-2pm
    Free parking is available at St Peter's Car Park off Wulfruna Street for people attending the Civic Centre for a test, and free parking for Blue Badge holders is widely available around the Civic Centre.

  • Jamia Masjid Bilal, 58 Newhampton Road, WV6 0AA
    The opening hours are 10am-7pm daily.
  • Ashmore Park Hub, 82 Griffiths Dr, Wolverhampton WV11 2LH
    The opening hours are 9am-6pm Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and 10am-2pm Saturday.
    Closed on Wednesday and Sunday.

You can find out the nearest site to you at Rapid lateral flow test sites and collection sites

You can also collect free home test kits from;

  • The Civic Centre, St Peter's Square, WV1 1SH
    The opening hours are Monday to Friday 8am-6pm and Saturday to Sunday 10am-2pm
    Free parking is available at St Peter's Car Park off Wulfruna Street for people attending the Civic Centre for a test, and free parking for Blue Badge holders is widely available around the Civic Centre.

  • Ashmore Park Hub, 82 Griffiths Dr, Wolverhampton WV11 2LH
    The opening hours are 9am-6pm Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and 10am-2pm Saturday.
    Closed on Wednesday and Sunday.

  • Bilston Market and Wolverhampton Market
    Between 8.30am and 2.30pm weekdays and 8.30am-4pm on Saturdays.
    Please note, Wolverhampton Market is open Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday and Bilston Market is open Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday.

  • WV Active
    Home test kits will also be available for those visiting WV Active facilities at Bert Williams, Aldersley and Central during their opening hours.

  • PCR test centres
    PCR test centres at Showell Road, Blakenhall Resource Centre, Whitmore Reans Library, Faulkland Street car park, and Mountford Lane car park, Bilston between 2.30pm and 8pm daily.

  • Wolverhampton Swim and Fitness Centre
    Home test kits will also be available for those visiting Wolverhampton Swim and Fitness Centre in Wednesfield during their opening hours.

There are also many pharmacies you can collect a home test kit from. Please use the Test Site Finder to find your nearest location.

If you live out of the Wolverhampton borough, visit the GOV website to find out where you can get a rapid COVID-19 test.

On arrival at reception, please show the receptionist your negative result.

Following a positive test result you will have to self-isolate for 10 days and the Public Health England Stay at Home guidance should be followed for you and anyone you live with, visit NHS - Testing for Coronavirus.

Many people who have COVID-19 have no symptoms, but they can still spread the virus to other people. The aim of screening is to identify people with the virus so that they di not put other people in hospital at risk of catching it.

We can only allow partners who have a negative test to accompany you into the hospital. Testing support partners has been introduced to enable us to safely allow your chosen person to accompany you on site whilst also ensuring we are protecting you, our staff and other patients.

We are asking all support partners to get a test 24 hours before the scan appointment.

If your support partner does not get tested, they will not be able to accompany you.

Women and their support partners will be able to order tests on-line to self-administer at home via the national portal. 

Information about COVID-19 testing for pregnant women and their support people will be communicated nationally as part of the National roll out of home testing. It is also expected that local hospitals should provide their own communication and inform women of the process when they are referred/self-refer for maternity care. 

The Government has announced that twice weekly rapid testing is available to everybody. Pregnant women and their support people are advised to take up this opportunity and undertake testing twice weekly during pregnancy because this will help make sure any COVID-19 infection is picked up early and managed. 

In any case, women should self-administer a COVID-19 test within 24 hours before an appointment. If the woman wants a support partner to accompany her to the appointment, they should also self-administer a test within 24 hours before the appointment. 

To provide safe and personalised maternity care a test is suggested to increase the safety of women, hospital patients, staff and the wider community. 

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