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Reviewed 10/10/2022

(This section is continually updated to reflect national and local COVID-19 guidance – please help us to keep everyone safe.)

COVID-19 Protocols and Testing

Please do not attend the hospital or clinic if you are unwell with COVID-19 symptoms. Call 119 or the Maternity Helpline 0208 725 2777. If your partner is unwell, we kindly request that they stay at home until they feel better.

Use of face masks is now optional in public areas. Staff will advise if you are required to wear a mask in a high risk ward/area.

Antenatal Appointments and Scans

You can bring one person to antenatal appointments or ultrasound scans. Partners are welcome to attend your appointment with you.

Antenatal Ward

If you are admitted to the antenatal ward in pregnancy, 1 support person can be with you on the ward from 08:00am-22:00pm, we do not permit your support person to stay overnight unless you are experiencing contractions (e.g. in early labour or during induction of labour). Please keep mobile phones on silent during ward stays.

Giving Birth

When admitted to a shared bay on the Antenatal Ward or Delivery Suite when in early labour or for induction of labour, you may have 1 birth partner with you . This is due to there being very limited space in the shared bays.

When you are admitted in active labour to a single room on the Delivery Suite or Carmen Birth Centre, 2 birth partners can be with you. If a third person is needed, e.g. an interpreter, please discuss with your midwife during pregnancy.

Postnatal Ward

During your stay on the postnatal ward, 1 support person can stay to care for you and your baby all day and/or overnight, however if they leave the ward after 22:00pm, they will not be permitted back onto the ward until 08:00am for security reasons (unless your baby is born during this time).

During the hours of 15:00pm – 20:00pm, a second support person can attend.

Siblings of the newborn under 16 years old (but no other relation e.g. cousins) may also visit between these times, however, they must not be left at the bedside without supervision of an additional adult.

Any support person in attendance must be helping to care for you and your baby.

Thank you for your co-operation and understanding.