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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 gradual relaxation of restrictions within Glasgow and surrounding areas during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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


Antenatal and Postnatal Wards

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

From Monday 9 August 2021 women are able to have:

  • Support in hospital from the people who matter to them. This no longer needs to be limited to the same two people visiting however, we may sometimes need to limit the numbers of family members who can visit at any one time, so physical distancing rules can be followed
  • Conversations with women and their family will take place on admission and throughout the hospital stay to discuss who they would like support from and when
  • Family support at times when women wish the presence, help and support of the people who matter to them. For example at mealtimes, rehabilitation sessions, discharge planning and during Multi-Disciplinary Team conversations.

To maintain the safety of women, family providing support and staff, visiting needs to continue to be carefully managed, and therefore the numbers of people who visit at any one time may need to be limited.

If you wish to visit anyone in a antenatal or postnatal ward, please contact the ward to arrange a visit in advance, so we can be sure our wards and hospital sites do not become overcrowded and allow everyone to follow the physical distancing rules. A list of telephone numbers can be found for all wards and departments on the NHSGGC website link here.

Further information about visiting inpatient wards can be found here.


Labour Ward

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

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

If you would like support from more people during induction, labour and birth, please speak to staff about this, as it is 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 family and staff. These modifications have been recommended 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 and the Royal College of Midwives.

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 to restrict partners to the scans that all women are offered (the 12 and the 20 week scan) and any emergency scans. 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: 25 August 2021