20 July 2020

Guidance has today been updated for visitors to Maternity Services, Fertility Services and the Neonatal Unit at The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust (SaTH), which runs the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital and the Princess Royal Hospital in Telford.

Maggie Bayley, Interim Chief Nurse at SaTH, said: “We have been looking at how we can safely ease the restrictions that were put in place during to the COVID-19 outbreak to keep our patients and staff safe.

“We are very pleased we can make these immediate changes to visiting, however we are not yet in a position to lift all restrictions.

“We would like to say thank you for the understanding shown by those using our services during this difficult time and to reassure them that we are constantly reviewing the restrictions we have in place.”

Please contact your midwife/ward if you have any questions or concerns about visiting.

Changes to visiting restrictions

Ultrasound scans

  • One birthing partner can now attend 12 and 20 week scans
  • Please note visiting restrictions for Antenatal appointments, including EPAS scans, remain unchanged

 The Delivery Suite

  • One birth partner can attend and will be given a visiting wristband

Antenatal and Postnatal Wards

  • Women can be accompanied by the same one birthing partner for induction of labour and or latent phase of labour to offer support (providing a side room is available).
  • Visiting to our wards will be staggered and must be booked in advance
  • Antenatal Ward 10.00hrs-12.00hrs
  • Postnatal Ward 13.00hrs -15.00rs
  • One birthing partner may visit the ward for one hour between the allocated times
  • Under current Coronavirus (COVID-19) guidelines, children are not able to visit

Please note visiting restrictions for Antenatal appointments remain unchanged

Neonatal Unit

  • Mothers, who have been discharged home, and a named partner may continue to visit independently, following the current guideline of one visit per day (with no time restriction) and one visitor per bed space at any one time
  • In addition, mother and partner will now be able to visit together for one hour (with allocated times)

Fertility Services

  • Scan and Nurse appointments:
  • The partner can attend the pregnancy reassurance scan and the following Nurse consultation
  • The partner must attend the Nurse consultation following baseline and day 11 scan to have a covid-19 swab
  • Recovery:
  • The partner or a nominated person may accompany the patient to the recovery area on the day of egg collection if they have had a negative covid-19 swab result at day 11 scan
  • Embryo transfer:
  • The partner may accompany the patient to the consultation with the Embryologist prior to transfer
  • The partner may accompany the patient to the procedure room for embryo transfer if they have had a negative covid-19 swab at the day 11 scan for both fresh and frozen transfers

When you visit, please make sure you:

  • Have a booked time to visit the ward/Neonatal unit. Your visiting time will be given to you upon admission. Please stick to the agreed timings.
  • Wear a face covering. This will be provided to you on arrival at the hospital
  • Observe social distancing at all times and wash/sanitise your hands regularly
  • Do not visit if you have COVID-19 symptoms, including: high temperature, a new continuous cough, loss or change in sense of smell, loss or change in sense of taste

 All other visiting restrictions remain in place until further notice