We recognise the value of the support of a partner, relative or friend
for pregnant women when accessing maternity care services.
The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust’s Maternity Services remain committed
to facilitating support for pregnant women throughout their pregnancy and
pleased to say that from Monday, 25 January, a chosen support partner
(preferably from the same household or support bubble) will be able to
accompany a pregnant woman attending the Early Pregnancy Assessment Unit
EPAU waiting area has been made safe with the installation of screens and a
designated seating area to ensure the support partner and patients feel safe
Maternity Team have carried out risk assessments in all areas and we continue
to review these in line with national guidelines.
for women and support partners attending EPAU
- Support partners should be a member of your
household or support bubble
- We ask that no children attend for any
maternity appointments or scans
- Masks must be worn at all times
- Women and support partners must regularly
wash/sanitise their hands with the washing facilities/hand gels provided
- Support partners should not attend if they
have symptoms of Covid-19 or isolating
- Women and support partners to maintain the
two- metre social distance form others
Support partners (preferably from the same household or support bubble)
are welcome to accompany pregnant women to their 12-week scan and associated
We continue to welcome support partners onto Labour Ward for all
admissions, the 20-week scan and clinic appointments, and on Wharncliffe Ward
for two hours per day, at pre-arranged times.
We will be reviewing opening our access further in the coming weeks to
ensure that we can safely offer women the support from a chosen partner through
all stages of her maternity journey. Our social media platforms and Local
Maternity Voices will keep you updated with these developments.
We would like to thank all women and families
using TRFT Maternity and Gynaecology Services for their ongoing support and
patience during these unprecedented times.