Covid-19: Important information for women and their birth partners when attending our Maternity Unit or Community appointments
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.
All staff wear personal protective equipment when in close contact with you. When you arrive for your appointment we will ask you about your health and that of your household members. Please do not attend the hospital if you have symptoms of coronavirus. Please phone us to discuss your well-being and plan of care. We may still wish to see you.
Antenatal Scans and Appointments
One adult is able to accompany you to all scans and antenatal appointments. They are also able to accompany you to any maternity assessment centre appointments and any attendances on the labour ward.
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.
To order lateral flow test kits for use at home visit www.gov.uk/order-coronavirus-rapid-lateral-flow-tests
Birth partners are allowed to stay on ward 21 between the hours of 09:00 – 20:00.
Two additional visitors (no children) are allowed during the hours of 14:00 – 16:00.
Patients own children are allowed to visit during the hours of 17:00 – 18:30.
Labour ward visitors:
For Patients admitted to the Maternity unit for Induction of Labour, one birth partner is permitted between the hours of 09:00 – 18:00.
Once in established labour, a second birth partner is permitted to attend.
There is no additional visiting outside of this on labour ward.
Visiting arrangements may be subject to change in response to government guidance, please check with your midwife on admission if there have been any changes to the above times.
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. 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.
We have produced a leaflet with all our coronavirus information and advice here:
Airedale Maternity Advice COVID-19 (Patient Leaflet) V8
Coronavirus: knowing the risks and taking care of yourself, particularly for women from a black, Asian or minority ethnic background.
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.
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:
Coronavirus: looking after yourself and your baby in pregnancy
Coronavirus: planning your birth