Note to visitors - Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Maternity visiting - (updated May 2022)

We welcome 1 person accompanying women and pregnant persons requiring support through antenatal clinics, scan attendances, triage and for the start of induction of labour. Once in a room on the labour ward, 2 support partners are welcome to join you again for the duration of your time there.

On the wards after birth, partners can visit 08:00 to 20:00 and a maximum of 3 people (partner/family/friends) per bed space between 16:00 to 19:00. No children are to attend at this current time. All support partners and visitors are required to wear face coverings when in the hospital, unless exempt.

We no longer expect evidence of a negative test before allowing access to maternity or neonatal units, however we kindly request that any support person who has symptoms of COVID-19 or has COVID-19, does not attend maternity or neonatal settings and encourage women to consider an alternative support person who could accompany her if this is the case.

 

Paediatrics areas

For outpatients, one parent or guardian will be allowed to attend, with the ability to allow two (from a family bubble) if appropriate in discussion with the consultant.

In the Children’s Assessment Unit, one parent or guardian will be permitted, unless there are exceptional circumstances.

When a child is admitted, one parent or guardian can be in attendance. A second parent/ carer will be offered a flexible hour slot to visit.

Argyll Ward

Argyll ward is a 27 bedded antenatal and postnatal ward on Level 7 of the Maternity Unit. It is staffed by Registered Midwives and Maternity Care Assistants. There are a variety of room layouts with 4-bedded, two bedded and single bedded rooms. The use of single rooms tends to be dictated by clinical need.

The Maternity Care Assistants complete specific training to be able to support you, your baby and the midwifery staff. This may mean that it feels as though you are not being seen by a midwife – a midwife does however oversee and supervise all of your care. All staff are qualified to give support with feeding your baby.

To receive medication when you need it we encourage you to keep your medication in your locked bedside cabinet designated for this purpose.  This is particularly helpful to you when needing pain relief or when continuing regular medication you would take at home.

Visiting

Friends and family are able to visit between 4pm and 7pm. Your partner and your children can visit at anytime although late at night the privacy of other patients needs to be respected. 

Staff will regularly ask you if there is anything you need to be more comfortable. We have a housekeeper and domestic staff who will try and ensure the food is to your liking and that you have regular hot drinks.

 

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Maternity Line

The Maternity Line number is 01752 430200.

The Maternity Line is for all calls related to pregnancy from 20 weeks gestation, labour and newborn babies.

Before 20 weeks gestation the GP should be contacted

If it is an emergency, 999 should be called.