Visiting Guidelines

Visiting the Hospital

Due to restrictive infrastructural challenges, there remain some restrictions, which must remain in place where social distancing cannot be sufficiently met within Infection Prevention and Control Precautions for COVID-19 Guidelines.

In order to continue to help protect mothers, babies and staff and to provide a safe environment in line with government guidance, we ask that you please wear your own face covering and follow the below guidelines:

 

You may bring your birth partner/support person with you if you are:

  • Attending the Early Pregnancy Assessment Unit (EPAU) and the anomaly (20 week) scan. Please check-in to your appointment alone, due to limited waiting room areas and your partner will be invited to join when you are called for your scan.
  • Attending the Labour Ward (established labour 1cm)
  • Attending the Theatre for a caesarean section.
  • Are an inpatient on our postnatal, antenatal or gynaecology wards for up to four hours between the hours of 2pm - 9pm daily.
  • On compassionate grounds and on an individual basis, exceptions to these guidelines will be facilitated.

 

Please visit the hospital alone and wear your own face covering if you are:

  • Attending for an Antenatal Visit.
  • Attending for an Ultrasound Scan (except if attending EPAU and the anomaly scan).

 

Please note, you may be asked to temporarily leave for operational reasons/mealtimes and to facilitate social distancing at busy times.

Please ask your partner/support person to wear a face covering at all times while within the hospital. Thank you for your continued support and understanding.

 

Visiting advice for partners/nominated person post birth:

We welcome partner/nominated person to visit Mum and new baby for a limited time of up to four consecutive hours, each day under the following guidelines:

  • On arrival to the admissions office, an NMH official visitor card will be issued to you for sole use by your partner/nominated person. Please do not share this card with anyone else to allow us to continue to limit footfall in the hospital.
  • We ask that your partner/support person maintain good hygiene standards such as washing their hands and coughing etiquette at all times. Hand washing facilities are available on the ground floor as you enter the hospital.
  • Your partner/support person must wear a face mask or face covering (provided by self) as strongly recommended by Government Guidelines.
  • In order to comply with social distancing, we ask your partner/support person to remain at your bedside. Please note that your partner may be asked to leave or wait before entering the ward if the unit is particularly busy at that time.
  • A record of your partner’s time of arrival and departure each day must be kept by you (in case it is needed for contact tracing).
  • Unfortunately, we cannot allow children to visit at the moment.

For all partners/support persons, we ask that if you are feeling unwell, please do not come to the hospital.  We are doing our best to keep you, your baby and staff safe and very much appreciate your co-operation in adhering to our guidelines, which we are reviewing on a weekly basis.

Your cooperation with these guidelines is very much appreciated

 

Visiting your baby in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit:

Parents of babies are welcome to visit whenever they chose. Further details on visiting the NICU are below.

 

Visiting The NMH

If you/support person are COVID symptomatic, awaiting a swab or a swab result or if you have had a positive test result in the last 14 days, please do not come to the hospital. All other visitors, including children, are asked NOT TO VISIT at this time. We understand these are difficult asks for parents and families. Please be assured that your health and the health of your baby are our priority.