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Visiting Restrictions - Important COVID-19 Update

Due to the outbreak of Coronavirus we need to implement a strict visiting policy in order to safeguard our mums and newborn babies, we appreciate your support and understanding with these measures.

  1. What are the restricted visiting arrangements for women in the maternity unit at ASPH?
  2. Will my birth partner be able to be with me during my induction of labour?
  3. Will my birth partner be able to be with me at my caesarean section?
  4. Will my birth partner be able to come to labour ward with me if they have symptoms?
  5. Will my birth partner be able to stay after the birth of my baby?
  6. Can I bring my bag and baby items with me?
  7. What if I need to drop off extra supplies for a relative?
  8. Can I bring my children to visit?

Visiting is restricted to one named birth partner at the 20 week (anomaly) scan, during labour and for the first hour after your baby is born. We are currently allowing a two hour time slot for all women admitted to the Maternity Unit who are either pregnant or who have given birth; this visiting slot is for a single named birth partner only. There will be no access for any other visitors including children / siblings and you will not be able to bring anyone with you to any of your other appointments, scans or check-ups.

We would like to thank all patients and visitors for their support, patience and co-operation. We appreciate these restrictions and measures will cause concern but our focus is to maintain patient safety and prevent spread of infection.


Wearing Face Masks in our Hospitals

All patients, visitors, and staff are expected to use a new surgical mask issued by the checkpoint teams when they arrive at all hospital sites. If you are wearing your own face covering or mask you will be asked to remove this and use a new mask for the duration of your visit. The mask must cover your mouth and nose and be worn at all times, unless your clinician asks you to remove it.

There are checkpoints by each entrance and you will be asked to use the hand sanitiser provided and have your temperature taken (by a forehead thermometer). On exit, please dispose of the mask in the clinical waste bin provided and sanitise your hands.

It is expected that everyone on the hospital sites wears a mask with the following exceptions, in line with national guidance:

  • children under the age of 11 (Public Health England do not recommended face coverings for children under the age of 3 for health and safety reasons)
  • people who cannot put on, wear or remove a face covering because of a physical or mental illness or impairment, or disability
  • where putting on, wearing or removing a face covering will cause you severe distress
  • if you are speaking to or providing assistance to someone who relies on lip reading, clear sound or facial expressions to communicate


Update to Visiting Arrangements at ASPH


Further information about COVID -19 can be found at or here.

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