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Westminster maternity suite – May 2021

Changes to our visiting policy

During the pandemic we are restricting visitors to our wards in line with government advice.

Your birth partner is now able to stay with you and an additional support person can visit daily between 1pm and 5pm, unless they have symptoms of COVID-19 or have tested positive within the last 10 days.

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 on westminstermaternitysuite@gstt.nhs.uk

Induction of labour

We recognise that induction of labour in some cases can take several days from the start of the process to the birth of the baby. Sometimes the antenatal ward and Birth Centre can be very busy and this may delay parts of the induction process.

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.

Antenatal and postnatal ward

We are currently restricting maternity visitors to one birth partner. Your companion can stay with you for the duration of admission at the ward.

One additional named support person may visit Westminster Maternity Suite daily between 1pm and 5pm.

Support people and birth partners not staying 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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