Following the most recent Government guidance, MKUH maternity services will be introducing lateral flow testing (LFT) across pregnancy outpatient pathways so that your chosen support person can accompany you to all outpatient appointments.
You and your chosen support person will be encouraged to sign up to the home COVID-19 screening programme that has been initiated across the UK. You will be asked to bring evidence of a negative lateral flow test, that you carried out at home in advance of your scheduled appointment, by bringing and showing the reception staff on arrival.
Appointments booked/scheduled in advance, such as:
Unscheduled or emergency appointments including:
For unscheduled/emergency appointments you may not have the change to complete a LFT in advance. In this circumstance, you will both be given a testing kit in the reception area where your appointment is, so the test can be performed.
Support people will be asked to leave the ward area once they have collected their resting kits, to perform their LFT.
We will continue to carry out inpatient swab testing (PCR) to women upon admission to hospital (including labour).
When will this testing start?
Testing starts from Monday 7 June 2021. After this date, the expectation is that you and your support person will be able to provide evidence of a negative lateral flow test that will have been done at home, in advance of the appointment.
How can I get a home testing kit?
You can easily get your home testing kit by choosing one of the steps below:
For more information about changes to our maternity services, please click here.
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