Maternity care during the coronavirus outbreak

Airedale NHS Foundation Trust aims to maintain all of our maternity pathways and where possible will use technology to reduce the number of face to face contacts.

This advice service is for women receiving Airedale Maternity Care, and for staff working at Airedale Hospital, to answer any non-urgent questions relating to your pregnancy and your ongoing care.

A midwife will be available to answer the telephone line Monday to Friday 9am to 4pm. Please don’t ring outside of these times as you will not be able to leave a message.


 

Urgent care

If your baby’s pattern of movements changes or reduces in number, or you have any other concerns about your pregnancy, please call a midwife promptly:

  • Maternity Assessment Centre Monday to Friday 8am to 7pm – 01535 292410/292120

  • Labour Ward (24 hours) – 01535 292401/292402

It is essential that you seek advice if you have any concerns.

 

Coronavirus

We understand that you will be worried about what Coronavirus means for you and your baby and we are doing all we can to keep you safe.

Airedale Maternity Coronavirus Advice Line 01535 294212

We have produced a leaflet with all our coronavirus information and advice here: 

Airedale Maternity Advice COVID-19 (Patient Leaflet) V8

Appointments and Scans

All staff wear personal protective equipment when in close contact with you. We will telephone you before any face to face appointments and ask you about your health and that of your household members. We may delay appointments if you or a household member has any symptoms of coronavirus.

For appointments or scans at Airedale Hospital, you will now be able to attend with a birth partner. 

Before you come to your appointment, both you and your birth partner should have performed a lateral flow test at home.  This is to help to reduce the transmission of coronavirus. You will be asked if you have performed this test when you arrive at the unit.  

If you  have a positive lateral flow test result please arrange for a coronavirus swab at your local testing centre and contact your named midwife or the antenatal administration team.

To order lateral flow test kits for use at home visit www.gov.uk/order-coronavirus-rapid-lateral-flow-tests

Even though restrictions are changing on Monday 19 July 2021, we still require you to undertake lateral flow tests before visiting, and to wear a face mask while inside the hospital.

Please remember that antenatal care is ESSENTIAL for the health of you and your baby so please keep all your appointments.

If you develop symptoms of coronavirus when a face to face appointment is due, please telephone 01535 294212 so we can discuss a plan of care.

A team across West Yorkshire, including some of our own clinicians, have made a series of films in community languages (Bengali, Dari, Punjabi, Urdu, Romanian and English) to explain the signs and symptoms of coronavirus infection and how to protect yourself during your pregnancy. You can watch the films here.

Visiting the Labour and Maternity Ward

For more information about visiting these ward areas please click here

Patient Information Leaflet – Visiting Labour and Maternity Wards during Covid-19 V2

Even though restrictions are changing on Monday 19 July 2021, we still require you to undertake lateral flow tests before visiting, and to wear a face mask while inside the hospital.

Parent education

Following Government advice, we have suspended all group sessions and will not be providing any Labour Ward tours. Our sessions are running virtually. All updates are on our Facebook page @airedalemidwives

Home births

At the current time we are assessing our homebirth provision on a case by case basis. Unfortunately, at times we will be unable to support homebirths but we hope to reintroduce a full homebirth service as soon as we can.

NHS pregnancy advice

You can find more information about pregnancy and coronavirus on the NHS website here: www.nhs.uk/pregnancy-and-coronavirus

You can also read these leaflets: