Postnatal wards

We’re now able to welcome the nominated birth partner to visit mother and baby on our antenatal and postnatal wards 1, 3, 4 and 5 (Transitional Care), 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

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. This is arranged with you if your admission is planned (i.e. induction of labour or elective caesarean section), is undertaken on admission if you attend in labour, otherwise, information on how to obtain free home testing kits can be found below for testing for ward visiting.

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.

These slots are in addition to an initial hour when the nominated birth partner is able to accompany mother and baby to support when they first arrive on the ward.

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 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.