COVID-19 Coronavirus - for women using our maternity services
The current global situation surrounding Covid-19 can be extremely worrying for everyone, including pregnant women.
Firstly let us reassure you that the care we provide to you, alongside the safety of our staff is our priority. All the measures we are putting in place are within up to date government guidelines. We are working to reduce the spread of Covid-19 virus while maintaining a safe NHS service.
If you have any Covid-19 symptoms such as a raised temperature, a dry persistent cough or shortness of breath please visit NHS.uk/coronavirus
We advise women to attend for their nuchal scan at around 12 weeks and their anatomy scan at around 20 weeks. We are limiting the risk posed to women and ourselves, so partners and children must NOT attend the department.
If you have an appointment and have symptoms of Covid-19 please inform the scan department on 01268 593590 . An appointment will be rearranged for you when you are symptom-free and out of the isolation period.
We have stopped partners visiting within the Maternity unit. Only one birthing partner can attend when women are in labour or having a planned caesarean section.
If you are pregnant please book your pregnancy on line via our online referral service. We will then phone you and book your pregnancy, discussing everything within your antenatal booklet as we would have done if we were seeing you face to face.
We are aware that some GP surgeries and Children's centres in our area are closing. This means that your antenatal care will be affected if you are pregnant and we are limiting routine antenatal and postnatal appointments. We are currently looking at alternative ways to provide antenatal care, all women are being risk assessed and care provided accordingly. Please attend all scheduled appointments unless you are contacted and told otherwise. The number of your face to face appointments is likely to change, if this is the case, a midwife will call you and arrangements will be made for your care.
Our antenatal triage service will continue to run as normal so if you have any concerns about yourself or your baby in between these times you will still be able to self-refer for advice and or a check-up. Please call our antenatal assessment ward on 01268 391773.
Our labour ward is still open and staffed with midwives who are waiting to care for you throughout your birth. Please call our Labour triage on 01268 391774, if you think you are in labour.
For those of you who have chosen a homebirth, we are currently still running this service. However please bear in mind this may change. For any women experiencing signs and symptoms of covid-19 the recommendation is to attend the hospital when in established labour as additional monitoring may be required for you and your baby.
Once you have had your baby, the way we provide your care has also changed. This is to ensure we are maintaining a safe service for all and ensure safety for our staff.
Telephone consultations will occur when we cannot visit you at home. Following your discharge from the hospital a midwife will call you on your first day home. You will be invited to a postnatal clinic around day 5 and you should attend, providing you or any one within the household are not symptomatic. At this appointment we will weigh your baby and perform the New Born blood spot test. We will then phone you again on day 10. Depending on individual circumstances you may be seen more during this time, if necessary. Following your birth If you have any concerns about yourself or your baby please call the postnatal ward on 01268 394596.
You can get up to date health information and chat with a midwife online with our Maternity Direct App.
We are aware that there are many questions and this situation is causing lots of anxieties and worries for all. Please bear with us - your safety and the care we provide to you and your baby is of paramount importance and despite our service running differently in the coming months, safety remains at the heart of this provision, ensuring those who absolutely need to be seen can remain our priority.
Thank you for your understanding during this difficult period of time. In the meantime please stay safe and keep washing your hands.