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Changes to maternity visiting guidance from 10 May 2021

Your designated birth partner can support you during the following:

Antenatal clinic appointments

  • Women will be able to have one person with them for all antenatal appointments.
  • Women will be able to have one person with them to attend the 12 week and 20 week scan appointment.
  • This support person will stay outside the maternity unit until the patient is called for her consultation in a single room. At this point, the patient will telephone her support person to attend with her.
  • The patient and her support person must wear a face covering at all times.

Inpatient visiting procedures on Dynefwr, Gwenllian and labour wards

  • Maternity patients who require admission to hospital during the antenatal period for induction of labour may allocate one birth partner (preferably from the same household) to visit for a period of two hours. There will be no overnight stays.
  • Maternity patients who attend in possible labour may allocate a birth partner (preferably from the same household) to attend hospital with them during admission for labour. This includes assessment for possible labour and the birth partner may stay during the whole labour and birth.
  • Inpatients on Dynefwr/Gwenllian ward (combined antenatal and postnatal ward) will have the opportunity of having one daily visitor during a specified time period. This is to ensure that social distancing rules are adhered to and to maintain the safety of patients and staff. Whether in a side room or a four bedded bay, visiting will be for a maximum of a two-hour period per day by one named birth partner (if possible same birth partner that attended the birth if visiting postnatal).
  • The partner and the maternity patient must wear appropriate face coverings when a member of staff enters the room to perform any maternity tasks.
  • The allocated partner must remain as the only visitor during the admission period and should remain in the household bubble only to ensure reduction in risk of infection.

The standardised appointment times for visiting will be:

  • 10.00-12.00 for even numbered beds
  • 14.00-16.00 for odd numbered beds.

Inpatient visiting procedures on Picton ward

  • Gynaecology patients who require admission to hospital due to pregnancy loss may allocate one support partner (preferably from the same household) to remain with them throughout the admission including overnight stays. 
  • The support partner and the patient must wear appropriate PPE (Surgical face coverings) when a member of staff enters the room to perform any nursing tasks.
  • The allocated partner must remain as the only visitor during the admission period and should remain in the household bubble only to ensure reduction in risk of infection.

Early Pregnancy Assessment Unit Clinic appointments

  • Women will be able to have one person with them for all diagnostic ultrasound appointments.
  • This support person will stay outside the unit until the woman is called for her consultation in a single room. At this point, the woman will telephone her support person to attend with her.
  • The woman and her support person are to wear a face mask at all times.

Guidance for all

Please be aware that there are no canteen facilities for partners so please bring refreshments if required. Partners will be asked to stay within the single room/bay area for the duration of the time they are present in the unit, except where access to a toilet is required.

Partners will be asked to have their temperature checked; if the ward area, is at full or close to full capacity, this could mean that having a support person will not be possible. This this occurs, patients and their partners will be communicated with.

At all other times, we ask that partners do not enter the hospital to help us maximise the safety and wellbeing of all women, families and our team, as well as the wider hospital staff.

We thank you in advance for your co-operation with this guidance.

Statement on Welsh Government's updated guidance on hospital visiting - 17 July 2020 (opens in a new tab)

Frequently asked questions and answers - Care during pregnancy, birth and the postnatal period due to COVID-19 (opens in a new tab)

Current status as of 13 April 2021

We are pleased to announce that we are now able to move to the next phase of updating our visiting policy. Whilst visiting is not returning to how it was prior to COVID-19 we are now able to implement some of the guidelines from Welsh Government.

From Monday 3rd August 2020 women will be able to bring their partner or nominated other to support them when they are undergoing their scheduled anomaly scan (20 weeks scan).

To ensure the protection of both patients and staff women and their partner/nominated other will be asked:

  • screening questions prior to attendance
  • to undertake hand hygiene steps – alcohol gel will be provided
  • to wear a face mask on arrival which can be provided

We would like to take this opportunity to thank all women and their families for their understanding whilst we take steps to implement this guidance. Please note that the above steps may be subject to change depending on the current COVID-19 pandemic situation.

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