We updated our information about visiting rules for maternity on Monday 12 April 2021 Due to the current Global situation and the increasing need to protect our patients and staff, changes are happening in Maternity Services at Barnsley, following Trust Guidance. This information could be regularly subject to change and is for the safety of all concerned. We want to provide clear information for all areas of maternity services. We appreciate that during pregnancy, birth and beyond are the times when women and their families need our support most and we are committed to providing safe compassionate and supportive maternity care. To help us to help you please continue to monitor; Facebook – Barnsley Hospital Facebook page Facebook – Barnsley Hospital E-Midwife page Facebook – Barnsley Maternity Voices Partnership page Ultrasound Scan Appointments You can now be supported by one partner for the duration of all of your ultrasound scans in the maternity ultrasound department and with the midwife sonographer. Unfortunately, children cannot accompany you at this appointment. We ask that you check in at our reception area alone, our receptionist will ask questions to ensure neither you or your partner have any symptoms of Covid19. You will then be asked to wait in the appropriate waiting areas. Partners are asked to wait outside the hospital building until the sonographer is ready to undertake your scan. This is because our reception area does not have capacity to ensure social distancing policies are adhered to. Masks should be worn by all – unless you are exempt. Community Midwifery appointments Unfortunately, at this time, we are unable to make any changes to appointments in community settings, as the buildings are not under the ownership of Barnsley Hospital. We will, however, continue to monitor this position closely and will communicate any information as the situation changes. Thank you for your patience. (12 April 2021) Antenatal Clinic, Antenatal Day Unit appointments Women can be supported at all Antenatal Clinic and Antenatal Day Unit appointments (as well as ultrasound scan appointments) by one partner. Currently, children are not able to accompany you at this appointment. We ask that you check in at our reception area alone. Our receptionist will ask questions to ensure neither you or your partner have any symptoms of Covid-19. You will then be asked to wait in the appropriate waiting areas. We ask that your partner wait outside the hospital building until you are called into your consultation to maintain social distancing measures. Whilst in Antenatal Clinic, you are sometimes required to see more than one health professional, Maternity Support Worker, Midwife and/or Doctor. The health professional will advise you when to call your partner to attend the clinical area to support you during the consultation. To help us avoid any unavoidable delays in our clinics please could we ask that your support partner remains as close as possible to the maternity unit in order to attend your appointment promptly. (12 April 2021) Antenatal Postnatal ward – Induction of Labour We are continuing to try to safely increase our visiting on the ward. We are now able to support one birth partner during your stay if you are undergoing an induction of labour on the Antenatal/Postnatal ward from 10am until 9pm. We ask that this is the same partner that will be with you in labour once you leave the ward area. On arrival to the ward, your birth partner will be asked if they have any symptoms of Covid 19 and have a temperature taken. If your birth partner has any symptoms they will be asked to return home and you will be asked to bring an alternative supportive person to the unit. To manage this increase in visiting safely, we ask that your birth partner has one visit per day. This means that once your birth partner arrives on the ward for visiting, that they remain on the ward at all times until they feel they wish to leave or until the end of visiting. A toilet will be located on the ward for partners but we ask that they otherwise come prepared for the duration of the visit. Antenatal Postnatal ward – visiting We will continue to facilitate one hour visiting slots for the designated birth partners to attend the ward. We will continually review all options to enable us to open further for visiting. Antenatal Postnatal ward – Elective Caesarean Section We continue to actively encourage birth partners attendance for women having elective caesareans. All birth partners will be checked for symptoms of Covid19, if any symptoms are identified we will ask you to identify an alternative supportive person and your original birth partner will be asked to return home. Birthing Centre A birth partner is encouraged to attend all Triage attendances and all occasions where a woman requires attendance on the birthing centre. All birth partners will be checked for symptoms of Covid19, if any symptoms are identified we will ask you to identify an alternative supportive person and your original birth partner will be asked to return home. Community Midwifery Home Visits We ask that there are no visitors in the house during home visits by the Community Midwives/Maternity Support Workers. Please be aware this is guidance and can be changed at any point. We will keep you informed at every step of the way if we need to make changes to any of the outlined above. We appreciate your understanding at this testing and uncertain time for us all, we hope you understand the decisions that are being made around keeping loved ones safe.