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Printed at: 10:30:39 / 21-09-2021

Changes to Maternity Visiting – Ward 9

Thank you for using the maternity services at Milton Keynes Maternity Unit. We would like to update you on the most recent changes we have made to our maternity services in response to the COVID-19 outbreak and most recent government announcements.

We make these decisions based on our duty of care both to you as expectant parents and to the staff who work for our NHS services.

For Ward 9 visiting will now be from 08:00 – 20:00 for everyone. 

We will continue with the visiting requirements below:

  • Your visitor will be asked to provide evidence of a negative lateral flow test every 3 days,
  • All visitors will be required wear a face mask, including when entering and moving through the hospital
  • Please observe good hand hygiene and continue to use hand gel/ hand washing facilities when visiting to reduce risks to patients and staff
  • Please maintain social distancing
  • Only one visitor throughout the duration of your stay

Please be aware, the use of lateral flow testing twice a week is for those who do not have any COVID-19 symptoms. If you have any symptoms of COVID-19, please isolate and book yourself a PCR test.

Please note: If you and your visitor decline lateral flow testing, your visitor will not be allowed into any ward areas. Without knowing your COVID-19 status, we must ensure we continue to protect all others from transmission as best we can and, therefore, encourage everyone to take part in testing.

There is currently no change for labour ward.

  • All patients will be asked to have a COVID-19 test on admission. This will include both a lateral flow test and PCR test (which is sent to the lab) so we can make sure you are cared for in an appropriate environment.
  • If you are being admitted in labour, your support partner(s) will be asked to provide proof of a negative lateral flow test in the last 24 hours. If you are unable to do this, we will offer a lateral flow test on site but there will be a 15 to 30 minute wait for the result.
  • Your partner should not attend if they are showing symptoms of COVID-19. If you are in labour and your partner’s lateral flow test is positive and they do not have any symptoms, your partner will be facilitated to stay during labour and birth provided they stay in the birth room and follow the Trust’s infection control policy, including wearing a face mask at all times. They will be asked to follow government guidelines and return home and self-isolate after the birth.