Page last updated: 28 October, 2020, 10:47am
We understand that this may be a worrying time for our maternity patients but we want to reassure you that our entire maternity services team is here to support you during your pregnancy, labour and birth. All areas of maternity services are working hard to help protect you and your baby from the risk of coronavirus (COVID-19) so we have introduced a number of changes to our services to help support this. These changes will remain in place until further notice to keep our staff and patients safe.
If you have any worries or concerns about your pregnancy it is important that you continue to contact your community midwife or the maternity assessment unit. Please do not put off coming in to hospital, it is important that we are able to support you and address any concerns you may have.
We are continuing to follow national guidance from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, Midwives and Anaesthetists – this is changing regularly so please continue to check our website for any further updates.
You can find out more about the changes to our services below.
Please be aware that all birth partners must wear a face covering throughout their time in hospital.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) testing
NHS England has decided that women who need to stay overnight for any reason either during pregnancy or labour and women returning to hospital will be tested for coronavirus (COVID-19).
It is important that we ensure our Maternity Services remain safe so all and women and babies can be cared for in the safest environment.
We know that some patients who do have coronavirus (COVID-19) may never develop any symptoms. Swabbing everyone who is admitted will help us keep all our patients as safe as we can. Full details on our swabbing programme can be downloaded below.
From Monday 24 August 2020, anyone having a pregnancy dating scan at the Royal Victoria Infirmary will be able to bring one adult from their social bubble with them to their scan appointment. This is in addition to the 20 week anomaly scan.
In response to the coronavirus pandemic we introduced a number of changes to the way we run all of our services. These changes meant that we could not permit anyone other than the pregnant service user to attend scans and appointments.
As we begin to move past the peak of the pandemic and the Government relaxes lockdown restrictions we are now able to review how we move forward.
In order to accommodate this, a paging system has been introduced and full details on how this works will be provided when you arrive for your scan appointment. This will only be available to individuals coming for their dating scan or 20 week anomaly scan. If you need any further information please contact your community midwife or the antenatal clinic on 0191 282 5849.
One birthing partner is allowed on the delivery suite and in the birthing centre.
All tours of the maternity unit and Newcastle Birthing Centre are suspended. You can see pictures and find out more information about these areas in the document below.