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CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)

*UPDATED* Hospital visiting changes, home testing kits, Vaccine info, general info and guidance for public, NHSGGC staff, and community-based services.

Information for pregnant women and their families

We would like to update you about your maternity care in NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde following the reintroduction of restrictions within Glasgow and surrounding areas during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Visiting restrictions have required to be reintroduced within Greater Glasgow and Clyde.

The following information is designed to keep women, babies, visitors and staff safe.

 

Antenatal and Postnatal Wards

The whole of NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde is within Tier 0 visiting rules.

We allow person-centred, flexible visiting, where possible, and subject to local health protection advice.

All patients in all NHSGGC hospitals where possible are able to benefit from support of at least two people from the same household at the same time (or from separate households, as long as physical distancing can still be maintained).

If not from the same household and physical distancing cannot be maintained, visits can take place separately.

 

Labour Ward

The whole of NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde is within Tier 0 visiting rules.

We allow person-centred visiting, where possible, and subject to local health protection advice.

One birth partner (as essential) can accompany you, throughout induction, labour and birth (except during a general anaesthetic).

A second birth partner, if requested, may accompany you, subject to local risk assessments and physical distancing.

 

You must wear a face covering in all areas of the hospital. You will not be allowed into the ward/clinical area without a face covering. If you are unable to wear a face covering for a medical reason please discuss this with the midwife in charge who will arrange for risk assessment to be undertaken.

Our maternity services are making changes to help respond to COVID-19 and protect you, your partner and staff. These modifications have been recommend by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG), Royal Society of Medicine (RSM), Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), the Scottish and UK Governments Guidance on COVID-19 Pandemic.

Extra measures have been put in place for all women who come into our services to make sure you stay safe:

We have identified separate areas for those women who have or are suspected to have COVID-19. This ensures that women who are unaffected are also kept safe and well

We know this is a time of concern for you, we have put together some frequently asked questions in these pages.

We also recommend for you to stay informed and fully up to date, please also visit NHS Inform website for the latest information on COVID-19 in pregnancy and caring for a new-born baby.

 

Ultrasound Appointment

Provided they are not ill or showing any symptoms of coronavirus, one supportive person can accompany you to all appointments, subject to local risk assessment and physical distancing.

If you need additional support, the supportive person can be accompanied by a:

  • carer
  • advocate
  • translator 

Unfortunately due the size of the waiting areas in the scan departments, we have had restrict partners in the scans that all women are offered (the 12 and the 20 week scan). Some women do have additional scans, but at this time we are unable to facilitate partners at these scans,

We understand this will be disappointing for you, but we are trying to provide the maximum level of maternity care while keeping women, babies, visitors and staff as safe as possible. For any scans where we cannot currently support partner attendance, there is the opportunity for us to provide a small clip of the scan for sharing with partners.

 

Maternity Outpatient Appointment

When you attend for a maternity outpatient appointment we will aim to accommodate one person to attend with you but this may vary within departments. This will be depend on the number of women attending and how feasible it is to maintain social distancing. Your partner maybe be asked to remain either in the car or outside the clinic until they are called to the department. The clinics are busy and space is limited and the priority has to be safe access to maternity care.

 

Last Updated: 23 July 2021