Monday 23 November:
Throughout the COVID-19
pandemic we have been working within the Royal College of Midwives
(RCM) and Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG)
guidance to support expectant mums during their pregnancy and birth
and help them have the most positive experience
response to the second wave of COVID-19, restrictions to visiting
within the maternity services were again put in place. This was a
difficult decision but as throughout the Pandemic we needed to act
to protect our patients and workforce.
understand how difficult this has been for women and their families
during what is an exciting, but can also be an apprehensive,
Our teams have constantly
been monitoring and reviewing the situation and in line with
national guidelines, we are pleased to share that from Monday 23
November, expectant mums can now have one adult accompany them to
scan appointments. This includes:
Strict social distancing
and compliance with appropriate personal protective equipment will
be in place. More information and guidance will be provided by the
local booking teams.
you are attending for a scan we encourage you to:
where possible, your
accompanying adult should be from the same household or social
Birth partners can be
present through all stages of labour. Our priority is that no mum
should give birth alone, unless they choose to.
thank you for your understanding and continued support.
Please note: There is still
no visiting on any of our inpatient wards at this time. We also ask
you to attend the emergency departments and outpatient appointments
alone. A limited number of exceptions apply.
'The treatment I have received from all the staff has been
excellent and could you extend my thanks to them all. A very
thankful and relieved patient'.
Patient, Dermatology Outpatients Department, University Hospital
of North Durham