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Maternity Services visiting update

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Welcome

We know that having a baby is a huge milestone in any couple’s life, and that the partner of the woman giving birth has an essential role to play, before, during and after the baby is born.

For this reason we are delighted to be able to relax some of the restrictions around visiting and accompanying women to their scans and appointments.

However, we want to do this safely, so we are lifting restrictions step-by-step and will review the situation regularly. Please be aware that restrictions are subject to being re-introduced – or eased further – according to the latest Covid-19 infection rates.

We plan to next review the situation in around four weeks’ time. We’ll update this page and our social media accounts if it changes.

General rules around visiting

  • Mothers-to be will be asked to name someone as their essential support partner. That means the person they want to be with them during examinations, labour, visiting, and other key times. The person could be their spouse or partner, or could be a relative like their mother or sister, or even a close friend. Once this partner is identified, that’s the person who staff will know has permission to be with the woman during these times. Only one named partner is allowed; however in the event that the individual is ill or isolating, a temporary essential support partner can be chosen.
  • The nominated partner will be screened for Covid-19 as they arrive at the hospital. They’ll be asked questions to ensure they are not infectious and haven’t been in contact with anyone who is.
  • Women and nominated partners must wear face masks and any other protective equipment staff ask them to put on during a visit/test/scan
  • Hand hygiene – washing hands or using alcohol gel – must be carried out before and after a visit
  • Nominated support partners who have any symptoms of Covid-19, or have been in contact with anyone who has tested positive for Covid-19 must not visit. If this happens, the woman has the option to choose another (temporary) essential partner

Accompanying a mother-to-be for scans and tests

Fetal Medicine appointments:
  • The nominated partner can attend first appointments and decision making appointments
  • The partner must wait outside the unit until the woman rings them to come into the examination room
  • Following the appointment, the partner leaves the unit while the woman makes arrangements for a follow up appointment (if needed.)
Antenal Clinic and Antenal Day Unit:
  • Nominated partners won’t be able to attend routine growth scans or routine antenatal appointments.
  • However the named partner can attend the early pregnancy dating scan and the 20-week scan
  • The partner must wait outside the unit until the woman rings them to come into the examination room
  • Following the appointment, the partner leaves the unit while the woman makes arrangements for a follow up appointment (if needed.)
Antenatal Assessment Unit (AAU):
  • Women who attend to have their labour assessed can have their named partner with them
  • If the woman isn’t in active labour she can go home and await events.  Women who feel they cannot cope at home may be able to remain in hospital. However their partner will have to leave the maternity unit
  • The partner can return once the woman is in established labour and is transferred to the clinical area for care leading up to the birth.
  • Women who attend the AAU for reasons other than labour assessment will come on their own. Partners can remain outside the maternity unit and will be called by the maternity staff if there are complications.
  • If there is bad news, staff will talk to the partner about staying with the woman
  • If all remains well the partner will leave the maternity unit, while the woman makes further appointments (if needed.)
Women coming in for a planned procedure like a caesarean section or induction:
  • Both the woman and her nominated partner will have a pre-admission Covid-19 test and advice about isolating before coming in
  • Where possible, the partner should isolate between visits to reduce the risk of infection
  • All pregnant or postnatal women admitted during an emergency admission to hospital will be tested for Covid-19. If they stay for some time, they will be tested twice a week.
Antenatal Ward visiting (Ward 19)
  • The named partner can visit daily if the woman is admitted to ward 19. Staggered visiting times range from 10am to 7.30pm according to where the woman’s bed is in the unit. Visiting is strictly by appointment only and will usually be for a period of two hours. Please discuss visiting appointments with the ward staff.
  • In addition, visiting by a partner in a single room on Ward 19 is open between noon and 8pm. However the partner must be prepared to visit in one block of time, leaving the room only for toilet breaks. They cannot come and go during this time, so should bring food and drinks if they plan on staying for a while.
Labour Ward
  • The named partner can be present for the whole of the labour and the immediate postnatal period

After the birth – the Postnatal and Transitional Care Ward (20)

 

  • Women can have their partner visit daily. Visiting hours are staggered between noon and 8pm, depending on where the woman is on the unit and will usually be for a period of two hours.
  • Partners can’t leave the ward during the visit
  • Women in single rooms on the postnatal ward and TCU areas can have their partner with them 11.30am and 7.30pm. However the partner must visit in a single block of time and cannot come and go (other than toilet breaks.) So the partner should bring food and drink if they plan to be there for a while.
Neath Port Talbot Birth Centre and the Bay Birthing Unit at Singleton Hospital:
  • Women who are admitted to Neath Port Talbot Birth Centre can have their named partners present for all assessments in labour and between 10am and 10pm.
  • Women in the Bay Birth Centre may have their named partners present for all labour assessments from 10am to 10pm.
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