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Westminster Maternity Suite – Oct 2021

Our private maternity service has now moved back to the 12th floor of Westminster Maternity Suite following its temporary relocation to the 7th floor of St Thomas’ Hospital due to necessary changes as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

All women will require COVID-19 swabs prior to admission at a charge of £103 and every 72 hours will be swabbed at a charge of £55.

Safety is our top priority and various measures remain in place to reduce the risk of spreading infection.

For more information please contact our team on 020 7188 3457.

Find out more about the facilities here.

Changes to our visiting policy

During the pandemic we are updating our visitor policy in line with government advice. Patient safety is at the forefront of all decisions made.

We will be screening all visitors upon arrival to the unit for any symptoms of infection. This is to help ensure the safety of you, your baby and our staff.

We will continue to provide you with high levels of clinical care and safety for you and your baby. Please note we have taken these steps to ensure the safety of our patients as our top priority. Thank you for your cooperation.

For more information please contact our team on 020 7188 3457 or email us at westminstermaternitysuite@gstt.nhs.uk.

Labour and birth

If you are admitted in established labour you can have up to 2 named birth partners to stay with you throughout labour and birth. If you do have a second birth partner they will be asked to leave by 4 hours post-birth.

All birth partners will be asked to provide proof of a negative lateral flow test from the last 24 hours, for all unplanned admissions birth partners will have to undergo a lateral flow test conducted by the hospital midwives on admission.

For scheduled induction, including elective c-sections, partners are required to undertake a lateral flow test 24 hours prior to the admission date.visitors will not be admitted if they have symptoms of COVID-19 or have tested positive within the last 10 days.

Antenatal and postnatal ward

We are currently restricting maternity visitors to one birth partner throughout the duration of your stay.

On the antenatal ward your named visitor can be with you during visiting hours between 9am and 8pm.

On the postnatal ward your named visitor can be with you at all times apart from 8am to 10am, when we ask that they leave the ward for protected time.

Visitors must bring evidence of a negative lateral flow test result when they come to visit and this should be repeated every 3 days. No children should be attending including siblings.

Ultrasound scans and appointments

We still recommend as the patient you come alone to scans and appointments to reduce the risk and spread of COVID-19 however, if you would like your partner/ support person to attend then they will need to bring evidence of a negative lateral flow test within 24 hours of the date of the appointment.

No children should be attending- this is a Trust wide policy.

We are continuously monitoring the national and local guidance to ensure safety for our women and staff and will update the website with any changes. Your help and support in achieving this is very much appreciated.

Information for visitors

In order for us to achieve social distancing, optimise safety and limit the potential transmission of COVID-19 between other visitors and the maternity team you will need to carefully follow the conditions below:

  • If you or anyone in the household is symptomatic or has been swabbed as COVID positive within the last 10 days, you will not be able to accompany your partner
  • If your partner admitted to the ward is symptomatic or has been swabbed as COVID positive within the last 10 days, you will not be able to visit
  • Visitors must wear a face mask at all times.
  • Upon entering the ward, please go straight to your partner’s bedside, draw the curtains around the bed and remain by bed space until leaving the ward
  • Wash and/or gel hands upon entering and exiting the ward or clinical area
  • Only use designated visitors toilets, preferably on the ground floor prior to coming up to the ward/clinical area
  • No children permitted including siblings

Arranging a Lateral Flow test

Everyone can access Lateral flow devices from a local asymptomatic testing centre, pharmacy or government website.

To arrange a test go to: www.gov.uk/order-coronavirus-rapid-lateral-flow-tests enter your partners details and the tests will arrive the next working day. Once you have done the test, there will be instructions to enter details online, please bring proof of your test results with you to enter the ward.

If the result comes back positive, please take a PCR test and risk assess. If s/he is symptomatic/unwell, s/he must go home & self-isolate and a different partner selected for labour/birth.

We thank you for your patience and understanding.

Contact us

If you have any questions please contact our team on:

T: 020 7188 3457

E: westminstermaternitysuite@gstt.nhs.uk

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