Note to visitors - Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Maternity visiting - (updated September 2022)
We welcome up to 2 people accompanying women and pregnant persons requiring support through antenatal clinics, triage and for the start of induction of labour. For ultrasound scan appointments, we ask that you are accompanied by one adult support person. In line with most hospitals, children are not permitted in the scan room. 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, if requiring a hospital stay before or after birth, a partner or support person can visit 08.00 to 20.00 and we would ask for a maximum of 3 people (partner/family/friends/siblings) per bedspace between 16.00 and19.00. Our staff would be happy to contact a partner or support person if additional support is required outside of these times. All support partners and visitors are welcome to continue wearing face coverings should they wish when in hospital, but this is no longer a requirement.
We no longer require evidence of a negative test before welcoming you to the maternity or neonatal department. We would however kindly request that any support person who has symptoms of or has confirmed COVID-19, does not attend the maternity or neonatal settings and we would encourage women and pregnant people to consider an alternative support person who could accompany them at this time.
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.
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.
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.