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Important message - changes to our visiting policy (updated 24 March)

To keep our women, children, families and staff as safe as possible in light of the developing COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak the measures we need to take to protect those across our Trust buildings have changed. In line with the latest national NHS guidance, we have implemented new visiting policies.

These changes apply to all our inpatient and outpatient services.

Visitors to/with children

At our Children's Hospital and Parkview Clinic a maximum of two designated family members/carers per visit, of which one may be a child under 12.

At our Women's Hospital Neonatal Unit no children are permitted to visit.

Visitors to/with adults

Anyone attending an outpatient appointment at our Women's Hospital is asked to do so unaccompanied unless exceptional circumstances apply. If you think this is the case, please contact the department you are attending directly and in advance of your appointment.

Only one adult per inpatient for one hour unless exceptional circumstances. This applies to services at our Women’s Hospital (unless stated below). Visiting hours at our Women’s Hospital will be between 6pm and 7pm for our Gynaecology ward.

Only one birthing partner is permitted to attend with a woman in labour. Visiting arrangements on our Antenatal and Postnatal wards are as follows:

Antenatal Ward 1: For non-labour admissions, One adult visitor between 6pm and 7pm.

For Delivery Suite/Induction of Labour Bay/ Ward 1: The same one birth partner may attend during all stages of labour/birth.

Postnatal Wards: The same one birth partner may visit between the hours of 11am and 3.30pm.

Please be aware, only one adult will also be allowed to accompany patients visiting our Forward Thinking Birmingham Community Hubs.

Wherever possible, visitors should be the same individual(s) each time, unless that person needs to self-isolate or becomes unwell. No other family or friends should be on the Trust premises whilst an individual makes their visit.

Do not visit if you are unwell, especially if you have a high temperature or a new, persistent cough, or if you are vulnerable as a result of medication you take, have a chronic illness or are over 70. For the latest national guidance on self-isolation visit the NHS England website.

We are making these changes as it decreases the likelihood of the virus being brought into the hospitals/services and to introduce greater social distancing for those with us.

We appreciate that this may be difficult for families but the NHS is asking for the public’s help in respecting these rules. We are encouraging families and friends to use other means, such as digital communications to support loved ones, which is going to be very important to patients over the coming weeks.

It’s possible that there may be future changes to visiting arrangements. In such an event we will communicate these as soon as possible via the homepage of our Trust website: bwc.nhs.uk

Potential exemptions to Women's Hospital accompanying outpatient policy 

Birmingham Women's and Children's NHS Foundation Trust acknowledges the need for personalised care if you believe you have an exemption to this policy please contact the department you are visiting by phone in advance of your visit to discuss.