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Maternity Care during COVID-19

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Urgent advice: Reinstatement of visiting Update Monday 22 February 2021

The Rosie hospital has reviewed it’s staged approach to visiting in light of decreasing cases of COVID-19 in the local population.

We are now in Stage 1.5 visiting.

We continue to take the safety of women and birthing people, their families, staff and the public very seriously.  We would like to emphasise the importance of reducing social contact and where possible isolating ahead of planned appointments and birth.

We understand how difficult the restrictions made in light of covid-19 that prevent users being joined by a partner or family member for appointments or inpatient care can be. We absolutely know how important these accompanied visits are.

As a maternity service we want to be transparent about our plans to reinstate visiting for women and birthing people and are pleased to be able to provide information on our staged plans.

We have systematically measured clinical areas and installed screens, established one way systems, and created new building infrastructure to enable us to meet strict Government guidelines on social distancing.

However, as our priority has to be the safety of our patients and staff, and to give users the confidence to access our various services, some areas remain with visiting restrictions in place. This is because they are too small, or require multiple staff members present, to complete procedures.

We have created a clear staged approach to reinstatement of visiting below, and the current stage of reinstatement will be published on the homepage of The Rosie website following careful risk assessment, including national policy recommendations and local and national COVID-19 trends. Any changes made to the stages will be published here. This approach means access as a minimum will always be maintained for one named birthing partner during labour and birth, and a partner of choice attending appointments in the Rosie Rainbow Clinic and first fetal medicine appointments. Access will also always be maintained at all times for women with specific needs who require an essential person to accompany them to support these needs for example, a carer or interpreter. Such individuals are permitted to attend in addition to the visitors outlined in the staged approach to visiting reinstatement.

Please note that women and birthing people who are attending for an emergency related admission who should not be left alone may be accompanied by a responsible adult.

Urgent advice: Current stage of visiting: Stage 1.5

This is the second highest visiting restriction level. Visiting is restricted to:

The Rosie Birth Centre and Delivery Unit

One named birthing partner may attend from the point of admission or transfer to the delivery unit (including theatres) for a labour related reason until 6 hours post birth or until the woman or birthing person is transferred to a postnatal ward or they are discharged home, whichever occurs soonest.

Homebirths

One named birthing partner may attend throughout the time you are being attended by your midwife. No other adult should be in any rooms used for labouring and birthing. If there are children in the household then it is the responsibility of the birth partner to care for them, or alternate arrangements should be made.

Postnatal Inpatient Settings (Lady Mary Ward and The Obstetric Close Observation Unit)

One named birth partner will be able to attend during a pre-booked 2 hour daily time slot. Time slots will be organised on admission to the area and then daily thereafter. This is to ensure we are able to offer equitable access to visiting and ensure safety in line with current social distancing recommendations.

The birth partner:

  • Should maintain maximum distance from staff within the bay.
  • Must keep their mask on
  • Should draw curtains as a protective measure between themselves and other patients / visitors
  • May be requested to leave the bed space if a situation arises or a procedure is being undertaken that would mean social distancing could not be maintained.
  • Must remain in the bed space for the duration of the visit (please ensure you have been to the toilet before you arrive for your visit, as if you need to leave during your visiting slot we cannot allow you back onto the ward).

Antenatal Inpatient Settings (Sara Ward)

No visiting. Please do speak to the staff within the area you are staying to access virtual or telephone means to stay in touch with family members or friends.

Ultrasound Department

A support person may attend with a woman or birthing person for their ultrasound appointment and immediate counselling / follow up where this is required for:

  • Urgent early pregnancy ultrasound scans in Clinic 24
  • Dating and Anomaly scans in the ultrasound department (also known as the 12 and 20 week ultrasound scans).
  • First fetal medicine appointments
  • A support person may attend with women and birthing people attending for an appointment at the Rosie Rainbow Clinic or their first fetal medicine appointment.
  • Anomaly (20 week) ultrasound scans booked in the research department as part of the POPS2 study.

Support persons are asked to wait in the designated waiting area until the appointment commences in order to ensure appropriate social distancing can be maintained in the waiting room. Following the scan if no immediate counselling is required the partner of choice should exit the Rosie building whilst any additional care is provided.

Community Services Appointments

No partner of choice able to attend antenatal appointments in community services or in the hospital environment.