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AlertCoronavirus / COVID-19

If you have a new continuous cough, a high temperature, or a loss or change to your sense of taste or smell, do not come to our hospitals. Follow the national advice on coronavirus (COVID-19).

Please find information on our services and visiting restrictions in our COVID-19 section.

Patients and visitors must wear a face covering in our hospitals.

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Welcome to Maternity Services

August 2020 - COVID-19 update

We are making some changes to ensure we can support and care for you safely through pregnancy, birth and the period afterwards.

COVID-19 and pregnancy care - frequently asked questions (FAQ)

We are providing more consultations by telephone or video link when appropriate, to avoid unnecessary travel to hospital.

Some face to face appointments with a midwife or doctor are essential, and it is important for you and your baby that you attend these.

If you are unable to attend due to self-isolation, we will offer new appointments for when your self-isolation ends.

Please do not worry - if you have an urgent problem, you can still speak to a midwife or doctor day or night at our Maternity Assessment Unit.

We understand that your experience of your pregnancy may not be what you hoped for: please be assured we continue to provide the best care possible for you and your baby.

Patient leaflets

Updated due to COVID-19 - After your 'waters break' (pdf, 240 KB)

Leaflets and resources


We would like to reassure pregnant women that safety is our key priority, and we are following the guidance published by the Royal Colleges.

Frequently Asked Questions about COVID-19 (Coronavirus) in pregnancy -

Message to pregnant women from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists

Please follow advice on this website, as this will reflect national evidence and the evolving situation.

For further information please visit


Partners at scan appointments: 1 August 2020

One birth partner only allowed for birth, including Caesarean section.

Visiting to our inpatient areas is limited to one visitor per patient, for one hour, per day.

Visiting slots have to be booked in advance with the ward: Visitor FAQs

For full details please see:

COVID-19 and pregnancy care

These restrictions apply to all sites and venues - OUH and primary care GP practices.

Thank you for your support at this challenging time for the NHS both locally and nationally.

About us

Over 7,500 babies are born in Oxfordshire every year. Our vision for every mother is to experience excellent personalised care from the right professionals, through pregnancy, birth and beyond. We strive to deliver real choice and continuity of carer.

We are also a regional referral unit for women with higher-risk pregnancies, and our Newborn Care Unit provides special care for babies in Oxfordshire and across the South East.

We encourage women with low-risk pregnancies to have their babies at home or in one of our midwifery-led units; however, it is your choice where to give birth, and your choices include the Delivery Suite at the John Radcliffe Hospital.

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