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COVID-19 Frequently asked questions in Maternity

I am worried about coming into the hospital for my appointments

Across the hospital, we are following all government and PHE cleaning and social distancing advice. We have restricted the amount of patients in any area at one time and reduced visiting to protect the public and staff. 

Who can come to the hospital with me?

At present, we have restricted visiting to protect patients, the public and NHS staff, to the following:

Patients to attend alone for antenatal clinic appointments or triage.

In labour, one birthing partner may be present for birth.

Partners can visit the antenatal or postnatal ward at an allocated visiting time. 

For women having elective Caesarean, one birthing partner may be present during theatre.

No access for visitors, friends, family or children.

We ask that the birthing partner remains in the room; please do not exit and re-enter.

Birthing partners who are self-isolating or have COVID-19 symptoms will not be permitted to attend. 

Can I have a telephone appointment instead of coming to the hospital?

It is currently recommended that women attend all antenatal and postnatal appointments. Some adjustments have been made to antenatal appointments and postnatal home visiting, which your will be informed about by telephone. If you are unsure if your appointment is rearranged or need to update your contact details, then please contact your community midwife team. 

Chelmsford- 01245 513040

St Peters (Maldon) 01621 725305

WJC (Braintree) 01376 560010

Broomfield Antenatal Clinic 01245 513006

What will happen if I need elective Caesarean Section or planned Induction of Labour?

When indicated, Induction of Labour and Caesarean Section will go ahead as usual. Restrictions are made to visiting as listed above. The date will be decided based on the clinical situation and will not be adjusted unless there is any indication to do so. If you or your partner have COVID-19 symptoms or are self-isolating and are due to attend for Induction or Caesarean, then please contact your midwife. 

Will I be able to have a membrane sweep (Stretch and sweep)?

Yes. We will still offer one membrane sweep at term.

How will my baby have its New-born Examination (NIPE)?

Wherever possible, the NIPE will be undertaken before you leave the hospital with your baby. If this is not possible, arrangements will be made by your midwife to ensure that the NIPE is undertaken within 72 hours of birth. 

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