Following the announcement that Dundee has been placed in Level 3 of the Scottish Government’s coronavirus restrictions system, further changes have been made to maternity visiting arrangements in Tayside.
The changes have been made to limit the spread of coronavirus and to protect vulnerable patients. The new visiting arrangements will come into effect from 6am on Monday, 2 November and will cover maternity services at all sites across Tayside.
New maternity services visiting arrangements:
- Pregnant women may identify one designated visitor to accompany them to scans and antenatal appointments
- Pregnant women may identify one designated visitor/birth partner to accompany them in labour
- Pregnant women may identify one designated visitor to visit on the postnatal ward
- Designated visitors should be the same person throughout your pregnancy journey and stay
- No children should be brought to appointments, labour or postnatal areas
- In neonatal units, baby’s mother and one other nominated visitor will be allowed
Justine Craig, NHS Tayside Associate Director of Nursing and Midwifery said, “Following the announcement that Dundee City will be moving to Level 3, we have reviewed our visiting arrangements to minimise the risk to all women and children using our maternity, neonatal and paediatric services.
“We understand how important visiting is for our patients and we are continuing to support visiting as much as we can. I would like to thank everyone for their co-operation with the new arrangements. Our main priority is the safety of women, their families and our staff.”
- If there is a reason you or your designated visitor cannot wear a face covering, please discuss this with your midwife prior to your appointment and or hospital stay.
- Do not arrive for your scan or appointment more than 5 minutes before your allocated time to reduce the number of people in waiting rooms. If the waiting room is busy we will ask you to return to the department at a given time.
- Visiting on the postnatal maternity ward will be from 9am to 6pm. If the midwife in charge of the shift assesses that there are too many visitors in one area, those visitors will be asked to either move to the ward day room or leave for a period of time.
- All visitors must wear face coverings when accompanying a pregnant woman, wash their hands regularly and maintain 2 metres physical distancing as much as possible.
- Visitors should not come to hospital if they have any symptoms of COVID-19.