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Maternity

Care is shared between midwifery and medical staff, and is undertaken in community settings and within the maternity hospital.

Bournemouth maternity services


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Covid-19 guidance

March 2022: Revised Covid-19 maternity visiting guidance

NHS England has published revised guidance for adult visiting during this phase of the Covid–19 pandemic. In maternity, we have also taken the opportunity to review our attendance and visiting guidance, taking into account the additional needs of birthing parents, the un-born and new-born baby, and the environments we are providing maternity care in.

Those who are pregnant require additional measures to reduce the chances of contracting Covid -19 as approximately one third of pregnant people are vaccinated whereas two thirds are either non, or partially vaccinated.


Antenatal clinics, antenatal day assessment unit and scans (limited waiting room area)

  • One partner only permitted in the waiting room and consulting room.
  • Maintain 1 metre distancing in waiting rooms where this is possible due to space constraints.
  • Face masks required for patients and partner unless exempt.
  • Both patient and partner will need to show negative lateral flow device test result taken on the day of the appointment if possible
  • No children permitted at the time of this review.
  • If you are pregnant and have Covid-19, please let us know on or prior to arrival and we will make arrangements to ensure your appointment goes ahead.
  • We ask partners not to accompany birthing parents if they currently have Covid-19. We will be pleased to welcome an alternative support person.

Labour ward and Haven birthing suite 

  • Two birthing partners permitted.
  • Face masks required for birthing partners unless exempt.
  • Birth partners required to show negative lateral flow device result taken on the day of the admission unless if possible
  • No other visitors or children are permitted on the labour ward.
  • We ask partners not to accompany birthing parents if they currently have Covid-19. We will be pleased to welcome up to two alternative support people of the patient’s choice.
  • PCR testing of all birthing parents in labour will continue to be offered so we can put extra measures in place to protect you and our staff.

Antenatal ward, postnatal wards, transitional care unit

  • Open visiting 10am–9pm, no overnight partner stays.
  • One partner or visitor at any one time.
  • Face masks required for partners and visitors unless exempt.
  • Partner or visitor will need to show negative lateral flow test result taken on the day of the visit if possible
  • We ask partners not to attend if they currently have Covid-19. We will be pleased to welcome alternative support people, with one visitor permitted at a time.
  • Please be aware that space in our postnatal wards is limited and in order to protect all our patients we ask that visitors observe one metre distancing between themselves and the neighbouring bed

Annexe pre-op

  • One partner only permitted
  • Patient and birth partner to provide lateral flow test results from within previous 24 hours. Please ask us to help with this.
  • Facemasks required for partners unless exempt

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