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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.

After your baby is born

Parent information for New Born Babies: COVID-19 Parent Information Leaflet (PDF)

No, visiting is suspended across the hospital sites in NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, unless there are exceptional ci...

No, visiting is suspended across the hospital sites in NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, unless there are exceptional circumstances. We appreciate that it may be upsetting not have your birth partner with you on the ward after you have given birth, but these measures are in place to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19 to you, your baby, birth partner, and the maternity staff themselves. Please be reassured that midwifery, obstetric and support staff will be there to help you and do their best to support the needs for all women and the practical challenges of caring for your baby after birth.

If your baby is admitted to the neonatal unit, you will still be able to spend as much time as you wish with your bab...

If your baby is admitted to the neonatal unit, you will still be able to spend as much time as you wish with your baby. We do ask that only one parent is there with their baby at any one time and that this is under constant review.

  • The staff in the neonatal unit will keep you well informed of what you will be required to do to ensure social distancing is maintained in the unit as well as the infection prevention measures.
  • You can also phone the neonatal unit as much as you wish when you are at home to get an update on how your baby has been.
  • We use video technology to keep you in contact with your baby when you are not in the neonatal unit.

Yes, the community midwives will plan your postnatal care with you based on your individual needs. Some visits will b...

Yes, the community midwives will plan your postnatal care with you based on your individual needs. Some visits will be face to face at home and others may use telephone or online video conversation with you.

Raising a new baby can be a stressful and challenging time in normal circumstances, and with COVID-19 social distancing guidance, support from extended family members is limited. So please do not hesitate to be in touch with your named midwife if you have any questions.

Despite COVID-19 frontline community work continues across NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde. Community Midwives and Health Visitors are maintaining frequent contact providing support and advice on new born babies, children and building relationships with new parents and families in Greater Glasgow and Clyde communities. 

The professional teams have adapted practice to ensure families are able to receive the care and advice they require. 

  • Undertaking risk assessments over the phone before visiting to ensure use of the correct Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), keeping children and families safe is a top priority
  • Therefore if anyone in the home has symptoms or is suspected or confirmed to have COVID-19 please inform the midwife prior to any home visits
  • Increased telephone consultations and on line video calls to provide high quality care and support.

In the first 2 weeks after your baby is born, Midwives will provide the care for you and your baby, offering practi...

  • In the first 2 weeks after your baby is born, Midwives will provide the care for you and your baby, offering practical advice and support for topics relating to breastfeeding, nutrition, safety - including safe sleeping arrangements, illnesses and postnatal depression and wellbeing. 
  • From 2 weeks Health Visitors provide ongoing support to families including advice on a child’s physical development and mental wellbeing, all aspects of public health, perinatal mental health, weaning, nutrition, safety, safe sleep, immunisations, parental wellbeing, behaviour management strategies, play and stimulation.
  • They work in partnership with third sector agencies and social work and crucially work with families to ensure they have access to any services that they may require, including for urgent needs such as financial aid or for food banks in the area.

Yes, we have had to relocate some of our antenatal clinics for the following reasons: Some health centres are bein...

Yes, we have had to relocate some of our antenatal clinics for the following reasons:

  • Some health centres are being used for public COVID-19 testing centres
  • some GP surgery waiting areas did not allow for adequate social distancing

Your named midwife will let you know where your face to face antenatal appointment will now be held.

Appointments Capacity – Our Glasgow and Clyde Maternity units may have differing capacity issues as the pandemic evolves and progresses. A daily discussion takes place with senior team members with oversight of the antenatal service, to review service provision and available staff. Where required, we will need to prioritise the face to face and remote appointments on any given day. You will be advised if appointments need to be rescheduled.

Maternity Staffing – We have been prioritising clinical care services and redeploying staff  to support the service and your care during COVID -19. Staff have returned from retirement and we have employed our final year midwifery students.

New ways of keeping in Touch - NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde are very much looking to the future and how we can embrace new methods of communicating effectively with families as we all work together through this COVID-19 pandemic. We have introduced additional social media platforms to engage with patients and provide key public health information using Twitter and Facebook.

Last Updated: 18 May 2020