Patients, Visitors & The Public

Changes to Maternity Services

Important Information about Visiting and Appointments due to recent recommendations.

If there is going to be any changes to your appointment or visit you will be contacted by your Midwife.

If you or a family member have a new persistent cough and/or fever (temperature above 37.8) please do not attend any appointments.

If you are due an appointment with your Community Midwife
at a Clinic before having your baby, or a home visit after having your baby please contact your Community Midwife on the number in your notes, or the Community Midwives office on 01244 365166.

If you have an appointment or scan at the hospital
Please ring antenatal clinic on 01244 365106 or scan department on 01244 365090.

In each of these cases we will give you advice on an individual basis regarding further appointments.

Labour ward is also available 24 hours a day for advice on 01244 365028

For all appointments in the community or at the hospital we will be asking women to attend alone.

These measures have been put in place to help to protect the safety of mothers and babies by reducing the chance of the spread of COVID-19.

To help reduce the virus from spreading, we have decided to suspend the following services:

• Parent Education classes
• Confident birth sessions
• Early bird sessions

Breast feeding information and birth preferences will be offered as a telephone consultation for as long as the service allows.

We will continue to provide home visits on the first day following discharge and then on day 5 and day 10-14. Further visits may be arranged depending on your individual care plans.

If you are self-isolating, we will provide telephone consultations with a midwife and follow-up arrangements will be made according to your own needs.

Planned Induction of Labour and Caesarean Section

If you or a member of your house hold have COVID-19 symptoms please inform us- this may not change when your birth happens but we will need to make special arrangements for your arrival at the hospital to ensure your safety as well as other mums and babies.

Caesarean births will still happen, as this is planned surgery not elective.

Visiting Guidance

We are restricting birthing partners to 1, and visiting on the ward for the birth partner will remain 7am-11pm, but currently no other visiting.

The scan department will only be able to see you, no partners/ family present please. You will be able to video call during the scan.

These measures have been put in place to help to protect the safety of mothers and babies by reducing the chance of the spread of COVID-19.

Do not hesitate to call us if you are worried or have any questions. Please be reassured that we will provide care that is essential to mothers and babies throughout this challenging situation.