Note to visitors - Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Visiting a patient

Visiting in general wards - (Updated 12 April 2021)

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.

Maternity visiting - (updated 23 August 2021)

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:

https://www.gov.uk/order-coronavirus-rapid-lateral-flow-tests

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 between 10.00 and 20.00 each day.

Support partners and visitors are required to wear face coverings when in the hospital, unless exempt.

We are continuing to ask that for routine appointments, you and your support partner do a lateral flow test prior to your appointment. Thank you

 

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.

Welcome to our Maternity Service

As exciting as pregnancy is, there are many decisions to make and questions to answer. 

We have designed this website to help you and your family have the best possible experience of our service at this very special time.

There are opportunities throughout the site to meet some of the team and see videos and photos of the department. 

Why not start with my colleague Cayleigh giving you a tour of the unit?

As you explore the site further we very much hope that it will support the care being provided to you antenatally in both answering questions and familiarising you with the department. 

Nearly 5000 babies are delivered with us every year. We are incredibly proud of our service and absolutely committed to its continual development Image of a play button

If you would like to contact me with any suggestions or feedback please email me at charlotte.wilton@nhs.net

Kindest Regards,
Charlotte Wilton
Head of Midwifery/Head of Nursing for Women's and Children's Services

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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.

Your experience

Your experience is important to us, please contact me with your feedback:
Charlotte Wilton
Head of Midwifery/Head of Nursing for Women's and Children's Services

charlotte.wilton@nhs.net