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 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.
Provided they are not ill or showing any symptoms of coronavirus, one person can accompany you to the booking scan, 20-week scan and any emergency appointments to support you.
All arrangements are subject to local risk assessments and physical distancing.
Provided the person is not ill or showing any symptoms of coronavirus, if you need additional support, the supportive person can be accompanied by a:
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.