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Note to visitors - Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Maternity visiting - (updated 11 April 2022)
Further guidance was published by NHS England on 1st April 2022 “Living with COVID-19 - Supporting pregnant women using maternity services and access for parents of babies in neonatal units. Action for NHS trusts”
This guidance details actions for NHS providers of maternity services to facilitate pregnant women having a support person of their choosing (such as a partner, friend or relative) with them at all antenatal, intrapartum and postnatal contacts and parents of babies on neonatal units having access to their babies. It updates “Supporting women using maternity services during the coronavirus pandemic: actions for NHS trusts”, published on 14 December 2020, and builds on trusts’ work to safely facilitate access.
In line with the above guidance, we welcome a support person accompanying women and pregnant persons requiring support through antenatal and scan attendances, for the start of induction of labour, during labour, as well as in the postnatal period. 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.
One support partner can attend the mixed antenatal and postnatal ward between 10.00 and 20.00 each day.
Support partners and visitors are required to wear face coverings when in the hospital, unless exempt.
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.