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Please find service updates and current visiting rules in our COVID-19 section.

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COVID-19 and pregnancy care

June 2022 - COVID-19 update

Visitors

You may have your birth partner with you for all elements of maternity care:

  • all scans
  • antenatal appointments
  • postnatal appointments
  • antenatal assessments
  • labour assessments
  • labour and birth.

For labour and birth, you may have two birth partners in the Delivery Suite. This also applies to our Midwifery-led Units.

If you are in an operating theatre - for example, for a Caesarean birth - due to space constrictions you may only have one birth partner.

Visiting slots are available for inpatients only between 8.00am and 8.00pm, with the following conditions.

  • You may have up to two visitors between these times (your birth partner and one other nominated person) - no children, please
  • They must follow current guidance on social interaction outside hospital
  • They must not have any symptoms of COVID-19
  • They wash/sanitise their hands, keep a safe distance from other people and wear a face covering in our hospital buildings at all times

Thank you so much for helping us stay safe.

Feeling unwell / self-isolating

Please do not attend your appointment if you have symptoms of COVID-19, are living with someone who has symptoms of COVID-19, or if you are waiting for a COVID-19 test result.

For ultrasound appointments only, please email maternity.ultrasound@ouh.nhs.uk and we will email you your rescheduled appointment.

Information that we need to reschedule your appointment:

  • your name (as it appears on your hospital records)
  • your date of birth
  • your MRN (medical records number) or NHS number
  • what scan you are due to have
  • a contact number.

For all other appointments, please call the number on your appointment letter.

Contact our Maternity Assessment Unit if you have any concerns about your pregnancy.

Maternity Assessment Unit: 01865 220221

Testing

In order to keep you and your baby safe, we are now testing everyone who needs to be admitted to our maternity wards overnight.

This applies whether you have any symptoms of COVID-19 or not.

Knowing whether someone has a negative or positive test helps the midwives and doctors plan the best care for you and your baby. This includes making sure that we place you and your baby in the most appropriate area for your care, and minimising any delays to your care.

If we do not know your COVID-19 status, in an emergency we will have to treat the situation as if you are COVID-19 positive. This will include the use of extra personal protective equipment (PPE) which can cause a small delay in providing care.

It is currently expected that a few people will have a positive result without having any symptoms of COVID-19 (about 1-2 percent) but knowing your status will help us to help you keep your family and friends as safe as possible and reduce the risk of spreading the virus.

Links

There are a number of online resources:

Last reviewed:07 June 2022