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Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Coronavirus / 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 and stay at home for seven days.

Important information about our services and restrictions on visiting our hospitals can be found in the COVID-19 section.

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For partners

As a partner of a woman who is pregnant, you may need support and advice.

The NHS website has a good range of information available for partners of pregnant women.

Partners staying overnight

John Radcliffe Hospital

We appreciate the value of partners staying overnight to support mothers, and we try to accommodate this. However, we cannot always offer beds for partners to stay, so some agreed standards have been set to ensure partners can offer the best support possible without compromising the care of other mothers.

For further information please ask for the leaflet 'Information for partners and companions staying overnight'.

Level 6 Antenatal Ward

This ward, which has four bays each with four beds, and six side rooms, is a same-sex area, so unfortunately we cannot accommodate male partners on the ward. We will try to find space in a side room for you both, but sometimes this is not possible.

Delivery Suite

We encourage birth partners to stay with mothers on Delivery Suite.

Observation area

Partners may stay in the observation area. There is a chair by the bed but it does not recline, so some partners feel more comfortable going home to rest properly, so they are refreshed and ready to support the mother the following day.

We have an agreed standard for partners who wish to stay and support the mother with caring for their baby in the first few hours after birth, so partners should not be encouraged to go home during this period: if you are asked to go home during this time, please discuss this with the Delivery Suite Co-ordinator.

Level 5 Postnatal Ward

Mothers who have had some care in theatre, or had a pregnancy or birth considered more high risk, are transferred to the Postnatal Ward after labour. There are eight side rooms, but mothers whose babies are in the Newborn Care Unit, or who need care that cannot be provided on the main ward, have priority.

The rest of the ward comprises seven bays, each with four beds, but unfortunately space and facilities are limited in these bays for partners.

Level 7 / Spires Midwifery-led Unit

On the Spires Midwifery-led Unit we are fortunate to have side rooms, with en-suite bathrooms, where partners may stay with mothers who don't require medical care after, or care in theatre during or after, the birth of their baby.

If we have one available we will do our best to accommodate you both.