Updated visitor guidance for maternity areas - response to COVID-19 coronavirus
From 21 December 2020 visiting arrangements for maternity services at Frimley Park Hospital and Wexham Park Hospital will be as follows:
We have had to suspend home births for the foreseeable future. If you had arranged to have a home birth one of the maternity team will be in contact.
We encourage all women and support partners to attend appointments on time and wait outside the hospital if they arrive early. These arrangements will kept under review.
Please read our signage and posters before entering the hospital or department and remember if you or your birth partner have any coronavirus symptoms please do not attend the hospital. If you are in labour and need to be seen urgently please contact the telephone triage number on your notes as you would normally.
Birth partners: This is the individual who is supporting you during your birth and not another member of your family. Your birth partner must be someone you live with or an individual you have within your support bubble.
Face coverings: Partners must wear a face mask/ covering at all times when in the hospital and ward areas. Without this they will not be able to enter the hospital of department.
Food and drink: We ask that partners do not consume food or drink when in the outpatient, antenatal or postnatal ward areas. Where possible we will encourage them to take breaks during the day and have refreshments away from hospital premises. Visitors are not currently permitted to use hospital restaurants.
Appointments: Please see below for information on different appointment areas. Partners must wear a face mask/ covering at all times during the appointment.
- All antenatal/postnatal appointments in midwifery hubs and antenatal clinics: Women can attend the appointment with their birth partner. Due to space limitations, support partners should stand behind your chair in the waiting area.
- Ultrasound appointments: Women can attend the appointment with their birth partner, not another family member or friend. Due to space limitations, birth partners should stand behind your chair in the waiting area.
- Maternity triage, day assessment unit or maternity assessment unit: The waiting areas are too small to accommodate social distancing, women should not bring a partner into these areas. We aim to keep appointments as short a possible to minimise time in these areas.
- Antenatal ward/ induction of labour: Your birth partner can accompany you between 9am and 9pm. This should be the same person supporting you during labour.
- Birth in labour ward and birth centre: Your birth partner can be in the room in the birth centre or ward for the duration of a woman's time there. Partners are asked not to used any of the shared facilities and may only consume refreshments that you/ staff have provided when there are no staff members in the room.
- Elective caesarean sections: Your birth partner can be present from admission. during theatre and remain on the postnatal ward in line with postnatal visiting rules.
- Postnatal ward/ transitional care unit: Your birth partner can attend between 9am and 9pm. This should be the same person who was present during labour.
We appreciate your support in helping to keep service users and staff safe during this time.