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.
Your birth partner, who is considered your essential visitor can attend the hospital with you in labour and can also visit if you require admission to any of our wards. You will be advised of your visiting times on your admission to the ward, which you can then share with your birthing partner.
There is a process in place for identifying any visitors in order that security are aware of their visits. If visitors attend without the process being followed, there is a risk they will not be allowed access to the hospital.
Due to current restrictions only your birth partner can be present with you in the labour ward.
When you attend hospital 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 Unit 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.
Antenatal clinics not within the hospital setting, still remain with current restrictions with the woman attending
Unfortunately due to the size of the waiting areas in the scan departments, we have had to restricted partners to 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 those 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.
We ask that you do not bring children to the appointments at present.
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.