Visiting in Maternity & Special Care Baby Unit
As a trust in order to minimize risk to pregnant women, unborn babies and our babies in the Special Care Baby Unit (SCBU), the difficult decision has been made to limit visiting in maternity and SCBU with immediate effect.
Visiting is restricted to parents of the admitted baby only.
Please ensure that you observe all hand washing recommendations displayed in the unit, and that you talk with the Nursing staff about any concerns you may have.
If you have any concerns or wish to discuss the visiting further then please contact SCBU directly.
Women attending outpatient areas such as antenatal clinics, maternity ultrasound, triage and MAU should do so alone. Partners should wait either in their car or in the Maternity Lobby if safe social distancing can be maintained.
We are no longer issuing free meal vouchers as we want to discourage movement around the hospital.
The remaining restrictions for Maternity remain unchanged i.e.
One birth partner to be identified for the duration of the admission.
• On the Antenatal ward, for non-labouring admissions, the identified birth partner may accompany the mother during her admission.
• For women admitted in labour, the birth partner is welcome to support the woman throughout.
• On the postnatal ward, the same birth partner is welcomed to support the woman and learn together regarding essential care needs of mother and baby (i.e. baby care, feeding, hygiene, emotional and psychological wellbeing), for the remainder of her stay.