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 to have a negative test result to attend on-site and we strongly recommend the expectant mother is tested also.
Due to social distancing requirements we may ask your support partner to wait in the car or marquee prior to your appointment.
For more information on antenatal scan appointments and COVID-19 tests, please see Coronavirus: Visiting.
Please see important information regarding the Maternity Unit below:
- Only 1 birth partner allowed for women in labour on the Delivery Suite and the Maternity Led Unit.
- One support partner can be present on the Induction Suite from 10:00am-9:00pm every day.
- 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 6 hours between 11:00am and 7:00pm.
- On the Neonatal Unit, recognizing parents as partners in care, one parent can be with baby all the time, and the second parent can be present between 11:00am and 7:00pm for up to 6 hours.
- On the Maternity Triage Unit (MTU) 1 birth partner can attend within each bed space.
- Partners are able to attend C-sections. As long as the partner doesn’t have symptoms or test positive, in which case they can nominate an alternative partner from a separate household to attend with them.
We ask partners to please support us by adhering to the following advice:
- Maintain strict social distancing at home, isolating from people outside your home as much as possible
- Avoid using public transport
- Shower and wear clean clothes to come into maternity
- Answer screening questions on arrival to maternity reception if necessary
- Wash or gel hands on entering and leaving the building, on entering each area and as advised by staff
- Partners / parents 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 partners / parents are wearing your mask when staff are within 2 m or if you leave your bedspace
- Stay by your bed / cot space, remaining at least 2 metres apart from other families
- Maintain social distancing with staff where possible
- One visit per day, once you leave the unit you cannot come back
- Bring everything that you will need, including snacks/drinks.
- Virtual discussions with nursing and medical and midwifery staff are available, just let us know
- We encourage parents to have lateral flow COVID-19 test twice a week.
The Maternity Unit apologises in advance for any distress or disappointment this will cause.
We are well prepared to look after you and your baby during what we know will be a very difficult and anxious period.
We will do all we can to ensure that your experience with us is still a positive one, during these challenging times.
Access to Maternity is reviewed regularly and access may decrease or increase according to advice from Public health England and any local infection rates.
We are committed to maintaining the safety of babies, parents and staff during this difficult time and thank you for your support.
Worried About You or Your Baby?
For non-urgent queries call your community midwife.
If you experience any of the following symptoms contact the Maternity Triage Unit straight away on 01902 695037:
- Severe constant abdominal pain
- Vaginal bleeding
- Your waters have broken
- Severe headaches
- Blurred vision or see spots in your eyes
- Persistent itching
- Changed or reduced fetal movements
If you are concerned about your health during your pregnancy call 111 or visit NHS 111 online.
In an emergency situation you should attend your local hospital Emergency Department or dial 999 (UK).