19 April 2021
The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust (SaTH) is pleased to welcome one support partner for all women attending antenatal appointments and ultrasound scans at hospital sites from today (Monday 19 April) onwards.
With the support of Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin councils, maternity services users and their chosen support partner can access a lateral flow test prior to attending antenatal and ultrasound scan appointments. The introduction of this testing will enable a chosen support person to accompany women to some appointments whilst also ensuring the safety of staff and other people using maternity services. Testing will also allow SaTH to work more quickly towards the full reinstatement of visiting to maternity services.
Changes to Visiting From Monday 19 April 2021 Onwards
Attendance for Antenatal appointments
We are pleased to welcome back one support partner for each woman at the following antenatal appointments within the Princess Royal Hospital in Telford, the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital, Oswestry Maternity Unit (The Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Foundation Trust) Bridgnorth Midwife Led Unit (Bridgnorth Community Hospital), Ludlow Midwife Led Unit (Ludlow Community Hospital) and Whitchurch Community Hospital:
Booking appointment (at around 12 weeks), 16 weeks, 25 weeks, 28 weeks, 31 weeks, 34 weeks, 36 weeks, 38 weeks, 40 weeks and 41 weeks.
Regrettably, support partners cannot currently attend antenatal appointments at GP surgeries, however we are working with GP colleagues and will update on any changes as soon as possible.
Attendance for pregnancy ultrasound scans
One support partner permitted to attend all pregnancy ultrasound scans.
Attendance for support partners at Day Assessment Unit and Triage
Due to space and capacity within these departments, we are currently unable to accommodate support partners. Partners will be contacted if needed.
The Delivery Suite
One birth partner can attend and will be given a visiting wristband
Antenatal and Postnatal Wards
- Visiting to our wards is staggered and must be booked in advance
- Antenatal Ward: 10am – 12 midday
- Postnatal Ward: 1pm-3pm
- One support partner may visit the ward for one hour between the allocated times
- Under current Coronavirus (COVID-19) guidelines, children are not able to visit
Support partners are not currently able to attend postnatal appointments.
We are constantly reviewing these restrictions and are working hard to relax them, where possible, as soon as it is safe to do so. We would like to thank you for your continued patience and understanding. We will communicate any further changes as soon as we are able to.
If you have additional needs or require additional support at any appointments, please speak to your midwife.
Information on Lateral Flow Testing for Pregnant Women and Support Partners
Lateral flow testing for women and their support partner is carried out to detect COVID-19 in people who are asymptomatic (not displaying symptoms).
- To find your closest lateral flow testing site and for more information on lateral flow home testing in Telford & Wrekin, please visit the telford.gov website.
- To find your closest lateral flow testing site and for more information on lateral flow home testing in Shropshire, please visit the GOV.UK Website.
- For women who reside in Wales and access Shropshire for maternity appointments or ultrasound scans, please contact your local COVID-19 testing centre for advice on lateral flow testing availability near you.
Please note, if you carry out a lateral flow test at home, you will need to formally report the results via the GOV.UK website and follow the instructions provided.
Women and their chosen support partner are strongly encouraged to attend for a Lateral Flow Test no more than 72 hours prior to each antenatal appointment.
More information on asymptomatic lateral flow testing can be found here on the NHS Website.
If you have any questions or concerns about your pregnancy, please contact your named Midwife, or speak to a member of the maternity services team at The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust. A list of numbers can be found on the back of your handheld pregnancy records.
You can find more information on pregnancy and coronavirus on the NHS website
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