Women's Hospital visiting

Please click on the wards or units below to see the current visiting arrangements:

Elective caesarean and procedures requiring an anaesthetic

One partner/support person will be able to join a woman for this part of her care. Women will be asked to have a COVID-19 PCR test (that is tested in our laboratory), with the partner being asked to take a Lateral Flow test, both will be provided by the hospital – this will be explained to you at the pre-attendance or pre-op appointment.

Induction of labour

Women may be accompanied by up to two named birth partners.
Women will be asked to have a COVID-19 PCR test (that is tested in our laboratory) and the birth partners will be asked to have a Lateral Flow both which will be provided by our hospital and explained to you as part of our ‘booking for Induction of labour’ arrangements.

Delivery Suite/Birth Centre – emergency or labour attendance:

From Monday 11 April, two birth partners may accompany women when they are in a birthing room- this is usually when they are in established labour or when induction of labour is progressing. Both birth partners will be asked to take a provided Lateral Flow test and a negative test result to remain.

Women will be asked to take a PCR test at the most appropriate, safest opportunity.

Outpatients

A partner or support person may accompany throughout, provided they have no symptoms of COVID or other infections, that they wear a mask and without the need for any testing.

Gynaecology

A partner or support person may accompany throughout, provided they have no symptoms of COVID or other infections, without the need for any testing.

Fertility

For all appointments a partner or support person may accompany throughout.

Patients attending for an appointment where there is no clinical procedure, such as andrology and fertility consents, may attend without any testing.

Those attending for a clinical procedure, such as fertility simulation, both attendees will be asked to take a Lateral Flow test provided.

Neonatal

Parents on our Neonatal Unit will no longer be required to take a test however are asked not to attend if they have symptoms of Covid-19. Lateral flow tests will be available on the Neonatal Unit if the need arises.

Wards 1, 3 and 4 (Maternity)

maternity ward

Wards 1, 3 and 4 are our maternity wards. You'll be taken up to these wards with your baby after you have given birth and will stay until you are ready to go home, usually within one or two days.

Visiting:

One adult (same person) is permitted to visit between 8am-7.30pm.

No siblings or other children are able to attend.

Ward 5 (Transitional Care)

Transitional Care is a ward dedicated to the support of families where the baby has additional medical needs including preterm and small babies. The wards helps bring mothers and babies a step closer to going home, it is available to all families who have a baby on NICU.

Visiting:

One adult (same person) is permitted to visit between 8am-7.30pm.

No siblings or other children are able to attend.

Ward 7 and 8 (Gynaecology)

Gynaecology

Wards 7 and 8 are where you will stay when you are in for a gynaecological procedure or treatment.

Visiting times:

Monday to Friday:
2.00pm - 4.30pm and 6.30pm – 8.00pm

Saturday and Sunday:
2.00pm - 8.00pm

Maximum of two visitors per bed.

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