Maternity Services

Assurances to our pregnant women during the pandemic

We know that being in lockdown, could cause anxiety for some of pregnant women and their partners. Please be assured that we will continue to support partners attending scans and births during this time.
 
To do this, Maternity and Gynaecology services have created space within their ward areas to accommodate both Covid negative women (those with no symptoms or from asymptomatic households/contact) and Covid positive or women suspected of having Covid (those with symptoms, from symptomatic households or who have had confirmation by swab).
 
Women will be signposted to the appropriate area on the ward upon admission or during their stay in the Rockingham Wing.
 
It is vitally important that our maternity and gynaecology services are notified if a woman or her birth partner have any Covid related symptoms prior to admission. We respectfully ask that this is done in all cases to protect other patients and staff. Regrettably for reasons of safety any partners from symptomatic households will not be able to attend and should self-isolate as directed by Government instructions.
 
We will continue to screen all persons entering the Rockingham Wing for symptoms of Covid, including temperature checking.
 
Your birth partner or partner attending your scan appointment will have to be from your household or social bubble.
 

Important Information: The use of face coverings and gloves when coming to into hospital

People infected with COVID-19 can have very mild or no respiratory symptoms (asymptomatic) and can transmit the virus to others without being aware of it.
 
Following recommendations from the World Health organisation, and in line with UK government guidance, on Monday 15 June 2020 new measures were introduced at KGH to keep visitors, patients and staff safe; the need to wear a face covering at all times inside our hospital. To find out more.  
 
On Monday 19th July 2021, some restrictions changed in England however the hospital still requires visitors and staff to wear face coverings. 

Please remove your gloves - Good hand hygiene is one of the keys to defeating Coronavirus

  • If you are wearing gloves when attending our clinics you will be asked to remove them
  • We will ask that you wash your hands with soap or sanitiser
  • You may sanitise your hands and reapply your gloves before you leave

Changes to the way we are working during Coronavirus

As a consequence of the current Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic we have needed to implement some changes to the way we are working, and how we provide your care to you, in order to keep you, other families and our staff as safe as possible. Please be assured that the safety of you and your baby is of paramount importance to us, and therefore all changes have been made after reviewing the best and most recent guidance from Public Health England and the Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists.
 
It is really important that you continue to read Government advice, as the picture is very fluid and changing frequently as new information is learnt about Covid-19. The guidance we offer you is therefore open to change on a frequent basis. The most current information can be found online from the Royal College of Obstetricians.
 
All members of the maternity services team within the community and the hospital are keeping their knowledge regarding guidance for pregnancy care during the pandemic very current, so if you have any questions about your care, please discuss them with your midwife or obstetrician.
 
It remains really important that if you have any concerns during your pregnancy (such as stomach pains, bleeding, reduced/changed movements) you don’t hesitate in contacting our Delivery Suite. You should also contact the Delivery Suite if you feel your labour has started. The midwives will be able to guide you as to when to come into hospital.
 
We understand that you may be worried about the impact of coronavirus on your pregnancy and your access to healthcare and have therefore provided information videos relating to aspects of your pregnancy and birth to enhance the information verbally provided to you by the midwifery team. 
 
We would like to reassure you that we will continue to provide you with the best care and support during these unprecedented times.

Important changes to our Maternity Services

One support partner can attend ALL antenatal scans and appointments
  • Pregnant people and their support partner are encouraged to have a lateral flow test up to 3 days (72hrs) before appointments. For further information on how to obtain lateral flow test please visit www.gov.uk
  • If the support partner has a positive test or is displaying symptoms of Covid-19 they are asked to remain at home and self-isolate in line with government guidance
  • Pregnant people who are symptomatic or test positive should contact their midwife or the maternity unit to make any necessary changes to their care
  • For scans and appointments - in the event of waiting areas being full support partners may be asked to wait outside for a short while
  • One support partner can attend delivery suite at all times
  • Visiting hours for the same support partner will be increased from 2pm – 7.30pm
Please note: plans are subject to change depending on local levels of Covid-19 infections
 
If at any time during your pregnancy you have a positive Covid test, please contact your midwife or the maternity unit.

Useful Information

Maternity Unit Tour (YouTube Video)
Don't wait to see how you feel tomorrow (YouTube Video) - If you feel something isn't right please contact your midwife, don't wait to see how you feel tomorrow.