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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.

During Pregnancy

Where continuity models of care are in place and these are able to continue, women will receive care from their continuity team and primary midwife.

Yes. It remains important that you attend for routine antenatal care with your midwife as it is essential for helping...

Yes. It remains important that you attend for routine antenatal care with your midwife as it is essential for helping us to continue to monitor you and your baby’s well-being. The times your midwife will see you during your pregnancy may look slightly different and this will vary from person to person depending on your individual needs. Your midwife will keep you informed as to when and how you will meet for each of your appointments.

  • Some of your appointments with your midwife might be over the telephone or an online video consultation. Remote appointments enables greater compliance with the social distancing measures recommended for pregnant women and maternity staff, while enabling you to have a partner, family member or friend join the appointment for support
  • You will, where possible, be offered a virtual booking appointment with an Ultrasound still being available in all current areas
  • Other appointments will be face to face so we can continue to carry out some of the physical checks needed to monitor you and your baby such as your blood pressure or check a sample of your urine
  • You will still receive the number of visits and scans appropriate to your need
  • Wherever possible, scans and antenatal appointments and other investigations will be provided within a single visit, involving as few staff as possible
  • Remote appointments are ideal for discussing birth plans, providing infant feeding information, support, early parenting advice and guidance.

Yes. It's important that you have these appointments as it is essential for helping us to continue to monitor you and...

Yes. It's important that you have these appointments as it is essential for helping us to continue to monitor you and your baby’s well-being.

Similar to your appointments with your midwife, the times when you will see an obstetrician during your pregnancy may look slightly different and this will vary from person to person depending on your individual needs.

  • You will be kept informed as to when and how you will meet the obstetrician for these appointments.
  • Your appointments with the obstetrician might be over the telephone or an online video consultation.
  • Other appointments may be face to face so we can continue to carry out some of the physical checks needed to monitor you and your baby such as your blood pressure or check a sample of your urine.

Maternity Outpatient Appointment When you attend hospital for a maternity outpatient appointment we will aim to acco...

Maternity Outpatient Appointment

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 dependent 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 on her own which will be reviewed as further guidance is received from the Scottish Government.

Ultrasound Appointment

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.

Partners can accompany women for their hospital antenatal appointments following guidance from the individual clinics...

Partners can accompany women for their hospital antenatal appointments following guidance from the individual clinics.

Antenatal clinics not within the hospital setting, still remain with current restrictions with the woman attending on her own which will be reviewed as further guidance is received from the Scottish Government.

We have put together a variety of resources to support you to access the same information you would have received at the classes from the comfort of your home.

  • Free Access to Online Antenatal Course for Pregnant Women in Scotland – Antenatal Course Info (PDF).
  • Information on labour and birth can be found on the Ready Steady Baby website.
  • NHSGGC has parent education “Be Ready for Baby” videos for the QEUH, RAH and PRM units for viewing on YouTube.  View all our Be Ready for Baby NHSGGC including other languages.
  • Breast feeding peer support information videos can also be found on our YouTube channel.  (Information can be found on these in our online library resource section).
  • Parent Education Classes can be provided on an individual needs assessed basis.

Even when isolating it’s vital you contact your Maternity Triage department to let them know you have reduced movemen...

Even when isolating it’s vital you contact your Maternity Triage department to let them know you have reduced movements immediately. See the Kicks Count (PDF) for more information.

If you develop a temperature or a cough, or both, in pregnancy you can use the NHS Inform website to obtain advice a...

If you develop a temperature or a cough, or both, in pregnancy you can use the

NHS Inform website to obtain advice about isolation which you should follow in line with current regulations.

However, please also be alert to the other possible causes of fever in pregnancy, these include urine infection and your waters breaking.

If you have any burning or discomfort when passing urine, or any unusual vaginal discharge or have any concerns about your baby’s movements please contact your maternity triage who will be able to provide you with further advice.

It is important that you contact your midwife or your local maternity unit if you are scheduled to have an appointment or a scan and you or someone in your household has any symptoms of COVID-19 (such as a high temperature or a new continuous cough). In these circumstances it may be necessary to delay your appointment and reschedule to a later date.

 

If you have symptoms of COVID-19 and have been asked to attend the Maternity Triage department, the triage midwife wi...

If you have symptoms of COVID-19 and have been asked to attend the Maternity Triage department, the triage midwife will advise you which maternity unit entrance door to come to. When you arrive at advised entrance you will telephone maternity triage to alert staff you have arrived and they will come and meet you.

It is important that you continue to contact Maternity Triage department in your chosen maternity unit if you have an...

It is important that you continue to contact Maternity Triage department in your chosen maternity unit if you have any urgent concerns, this line is open 24 hours 7 days a week to offer you advice, for example if you feel unwell, think you are in labour, if your baby is not moving around as much as normal or if you have any other concerns please do not hesitate to call. Local Maternity Triage Numbers can be found on our Useful Numbers page.

If you have any non-urgent questions or worries please get in contact with your named community midwife who will be able to advise you.

Last Updated: 15 May 2020