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Update from Maternity Services

18 Dec 2020 15:50:49
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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 childbirth.

We are 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).

The 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 and secure.

The Maternity Team have carried out risk assessments in all areas and we continue to review these in line with national guidelines. 

Guidance 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 clinic appointments.

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.