Wards visiting information

To protect our women, children and families from rising cases of COVID-19 across Birmingham and Solihull we will be continuing our infection control arrangements beyond 19 July and for the foreseeable future.

We’re now able to welcome nominated birth partners and support partners to visit our wards, who has:

  • no symptoms of COVID-19
  • not been in contact with anyone who has had symptoms in the previous 10 days and;
  • evidence of a negative COVID-19 test taken during the previous 24 hours

Please read below for additional information for each designated ward.

Ward 1

A negative lateral flow test in the last 24-hours is required for visiting.

Your nominated person must remain the same throughout your stay with us. Unfortunately, at this stage, no other friends, family or children are able to visit.

Please note, it’s the responsibility of your nominated birth partner to access testing, information on how to obtain free home testing kits can be found below.

On arrival to our wards following the birth our team will be able to help and book two-hour visiting slots. This is necessary to manage the numbers of people on the ward in order for us to adhere to Government social distancing laws.

Wards 3 & 4

Partners who have been PCR tested on Delivery Suite and have a negative result may attend the ward for one hour after they are first transferred.

For any further visits a negative lateral flow test in the last 24-hours is required. Your nominated person must remain the same throughout your stay with us. Unfortunately, at this stage, no other friends, family or children are able to visit.

Please note, it’s the responsibility of your nominated birth partner to access testing, a new test should be performed each 24-hour period. Information on how to obtain free home testing kits can be found below.

On arrival to our wards following the birth our team will be able to help and book two-hour visiting slots. This is necessary to manage the numbers of people on the ward in order for us to adhere to Government social distancing laws.

Ward 5 (Transitional Care)

Visiting on our ward five requires a twice weekly PCR test that is organised by the hospital and is done on a Wednesday and Sunday. If your baby is born outside of these days, then you will be asked to do a lateral flow test until the next PCR testing day.

Once a negative test has been performed then partners are able to book two-hour visiting slots. This is necessary to manage the numbers of people on the ward in order for us to adhere to Government social distancing laws.

Wards 7 & 8

A negative lateral flow test in the last 24-hours is required for visiting.

Your nominated person must remain the same throughout your stay with us. Unfortunately, at this stage, no other friends, family or children are able to visit.

Please note, it’s the responsibility of your nominated visitor to access testing, information on how to obtain free home testing kits can be found below.

On arrival to our wards our team will be able to help book two-hour visiting slots. This is necessary to manage the numbers of people on the ward in order for us to adhere to Government social distancing laws.

 

Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)

Visiting on our NICU requires a twice weekly PCR test that is organised by the hospital and is done on a Wednesday and Sunday. If your baby is born outside of these days, then you will be asked to do a lateral flow test until the next PCR testing day.

Once a negative test has been performed then parents are able to book two-hour visiting slots where they are able to visit together, all other times are restricted to one parent at a time. This is necessary to manage the numbers of people on the ward in order for us to adhere to Government social distancing laws.

Information regarding testing

Nominated birth partner/support person must show proof of their negative COVID-19 PCR or lateral flow test result to staff at our main entrance of our hospital and again on entry to the ward.

Depending on the method of your test you will either have your result:

  • emailed, sent as a text or to the Test and Trace app via the test QR code.
  • You may also show a picture of your home test plastic test strip negative result or produce your test strip (ensuring it’s in a clear, sealed bag).

How do I get free home rapid lateral flow test kits?

There are now more options available to those not exhibiting any COVID-19 symptoms to obtain free testing kits that can be used in the home. We recommend you obtain your kits in anticipation of being needed during this time.

You can either order online from the Gov.uk website or thousands of pharmacies across England have signed up to offer pharmacy collect. You can go to a participating pharmacy and pick up a free box of tests to use at home. NHS England’s site finder allows you to search pharmacies near you that offer pharmacy collection. Over the coming weeks more and more pharmacies will be signing up.