COVID-19 Changes to visiting in maternity
Visiting update: Monday 19 July 2021
There are no changes to visiting arrangements or infection prevention and control measures at our hospitals. Help us protect our vulnerable patients by ensuring you wash your hands, wear a face mask and maintain social distancing. Keep everyone safe: hands, face, space.
Got Covid symptoms?
It remains important that anyone who has COVID-19 symptoms or has come into contact with someone who has coronavirus, should not visit our maternity unit. Those who are pregnant are exempt from this and should attend hospital if required whilst also informing maternity triage if they have COVID-19 symptoms, or have come into contact with someone who has tested positive.
Anyone who does not have symptoms can use a rapid lateral flow test at home to check for COVID-19. You can get a pack of seven rapid tests sent to your home via the Government website (https://www.gov.uk/order-coronavirus-rapid-lateral-flow...) or collect up to two packs from a local pharmacy or test site. If you do tests at home, you'll need to report your results online or on the phone.
Antenatal appointments/scans in hospital
Partners or support people attending antenatal appointments and scans are required to test at home within 24 hours of the appointment. The result will need to be reported online or on the phone and evidence brought to the appointment. They will be asked to wait outside the building until they are called in. This is to manage the volume of people in the building. Anyone who has a positive test result will be advised what to do next. This test result will be valid for three days. Any appointments after that time will require another test.
Antenatal appointments in community settings
Partners/support people may now attend antenatal appointments in a community setting. They are required to test at home within 24 hours of the appointment, report the result online or on the phone and bring evidence of the result to the appointment. They will be asked to wait outside the building until you are called in.
The exception to this is Helsby and Elton community appointments, which are unable to facilitate partners. We are currently in discussions about support partners attending antenatal appointments in these areas. As soon as there is further information over, we will share it with you.
Two birthing partners can be present for labour. If they have not tested at home, they will be offered a COVID-19 test on arrival. Any support partners who attend the triage department and are in the department for four hours or more will also be offered a COVID-19 test.
Home test results need to be reported online or on the phone and evidence brought to the labour ward. This test result will be valid for three days. Any admissions after that time will require another test.
Primary birthing partners can visit from 9am to 7pm and second birthing partners can visit from 12noon to 3pm. Birth partners will only need to have a further COVID-19 test if they require access for more than three days. If an unplanned visit is needed and they are unable to test at home, birth partners should speak to a member of staff on the ward so a test can be arranged.
Any support partners who test positive will be advised to go home and self-isolate in accordance with government guidance. If you need to speak to a member of staff before your visit, please contact the relevant department:
- Antenatal Clinic: 01244 365106
- Labour Ward: 01244 365028
- Postnatal Ward: 01244 365178
- Community Office: 01244 365166
Thank you for your ongoing patience and understanding. More information about visiting is available on our website.