Patients and Visitors
We are introducing some limited visiting from Monday 12 April 2021 in a safe and COVID-compliant way. Where visiting is allowed, we have a Rule of 1. This means one visitor for one hour, once a day, per patient. For more information visit our Coronavirus page.
Ruth May, the Chief Nursing Officer in England has informed all maternity service providers that they need to use the availability of testing mechanisms to reduce risk of transmission to women, support persons, staff and the wider public.
Therefore, we need to ensure that all women, pregnant persons and partners attending appointments show evidence of a negative lateral flow test on arrival at any routine appointment. This does not apply to any triage or Delivery Suite admission, where testing will take place on arrival as is the case now.
This test should have taken place within the 24 hours prior to the appointment (but preferably as close to the appointment as possible). Tests can be ordered here:
If you test positive, please let your midwife know and any routine appointment will be rearranged.
We welcome partners of 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.
A partner can attend each appointment with the pregnant person; however will need to wait in a waiting area or car until called. Partners can attend at all times for a triage assessment or in labour.
One support partner can attend the postnatal ward for a two hour slot 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.
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.