Rosie Hospital - COVID-19

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We would like to reassure service users that we are doing everything possible to lift restrictions, made in light of Covid-19, that prevent users being joined by a partner or a family member for appointments or in-patient care. 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 put in place other safety measures 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 two

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 unit (including theatres) until 6 hours post birth or until the woman or birthing person is transferred to a ward or they are discharged home, whichever occurs soonest, for any admission reason. A single birth partner can be from outside of your household if this is your preference.

For labour related admissions a second birthing partner from the same household may be permitted as long as social distancing can be maintained. Where two birth partners attend they must both be from the same household as the woman or birthing person. The second birth partner may attend from the point of established labour until 2 hours post birth. This second birth partner must be able to maintain social distancing from staff at all times. Where two birth partners are present all birth partners must continue to wear their face covering throughout the duration of their stay. The second birth partner may be requested to temporarily leave if a situation arises or a procedure is being undertaken that would mean social distancing could not be maintained.


For homebirths either a single birth partner from your household or from another household can support you or two named birthing partners from the same household as you may be present throughout the time you are being attended by your midwife as long as social distancing can be maintained. A risk assessment for social distancing should be undertaken at the pre homebirth discussion with the 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.

Antenatal and Postnatal Inpatient Settings (Sara Ward, 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 remain at the bedside for the duration of the stay
  • 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.

Women and birthing people attending for elective caesarean section may be accompanied by their named birth partner in the waiting room if there are 2 elective caesarean cases being undertaken on the operation list. If the total cases being undertaken exceeds 2 on a particular list then birth partners will be asked to wait outside the Rosie Hospital and will be called to attend when transfer to theatre occurs.

Ultrasound Department

A partner of choice may attend with a woman or birthing person for their ultrasound appointments in the Rosie ultrasound department, fetal medicine and maternal medicine, including the immediate follow up appointment where this is required. Partners are asked to wait outside the Rosie Hospital until the appointment commences in order to ensure appropriate social distancing can be maintained in the waiting room and leave immediately after the scan.