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Visiting in Maternity
Our first priority is, and always will be, the safety of the women & babies in our care and we appreciate your understanding and help with this.
We know how important it is for women to be able to have some contact with their birth partner whilst an inpatient in Maternity. Until now we have only been able to safely support this during labour, once in established labour your birth partner can be present with you throughout labour and birth - this guidance remains the same.
From 30 June 2020 we would like to support the designated birth partner (provided they are free of covid symptoms) to have a booked single visit a day for up to 2 hours between 12-8pm. This is to enable us to maintain social distancing and protect everyone as much as possible. This will have to be arranged via telephone on the day with ward staff, who will carry out screening for covid symptoms.
Visitors will be asked to bring a face-covering with them and wear these at all times. If they do not attend with a face-covering they will be issued with a surgical mask.
Visiting Birth partners must go directly to their partner’s bedside and remain there throughout the visit. Birth Partners will need to fully adhere to social distancing, wearing appropriate PPE if requested by staff and handwashing guidance at all times.
If circumstances on the ward change the Midwife in charge may have to shorten or cancel the visit.
We are also very aware that women would very much like their partner to be able to attend with them for scan appointments, while we are not able to safely provide this yet because of lack of space to allow social distancing it is under continual review and we will advise as soon as this is possible. Your patience is greatly appreciated and we will continue to supply free scan pictures at this time.
29 June 2020