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Maternity Services

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 possible.

In 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.

We understand how difficult this has been for women and their families during what is an exciting, but can also be an apprehensive, time.

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:

  • antenatal scans
  • ultrasound scans
  • early pregnancy scans

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.

If you are attending for a scan we encourage you to:

  • attend your appointment on time and to wait outside the hospital if you arrive early
  • you will be advised by your local booking team on the specific arrangements for each hospital site for you and your accompanying adult
  • have good hand hygiene - please use hand-washing stations or alcohol gel which are in place across our hospitals
  • have good respiratory hygiene through the catch it, bin it, kill it approach
  • support 2-metre social distancing

where possible, your accompanying adult should be from the same household or social 'bubble'

Birth partners can be present through all stages of labour. Our priority is that no mum should give birth alone, unless they choose to.

We thank you for your understanding and continued support.


maternity scans 23.11

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.

'I would like to thank all the staff for my treatment and their professionalism.'

Patient, Cardiology Department, Bishop Auckland Hospital