We know that some of our expectant mums have questions about coronavirus (COVID-19) You can get up-to-date information from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) website. A patient information leaflet is also available which covers key information on maternity services and its operations during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. We have also produced a leaflet for BAME women about the support available during COVID.
We now have a direct number for any women who have any queries about their antenatal appointments. You can call us on 01604 523364 Monday-Friday 8.00am - 4.30pm
Triage Maternity Helpline - From October 10th there will only be one Telephone Triage helpline – 07887 566489. You are advised to use this line from 20 weeks if you are unable to contact your named midwife and the call is urgent.
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Updated guidance for maternity visiting- 02 October 2020
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and in line with national recommendations, the maternity service at Northampton General Hospital stopped all non-essential visiting in March 2020. The maternity department continued to provide visiting for one partner for women in established labour. These arrangements were put in place to help prevent the spread of infection and to protect our patients, visitors and staff.
We appreciate that this has been a very difficult time for pregnant women and their partners and we have been undertaking an ongoing risk assessments of these arrangements across our maternity services.
During the past few months, we have worked to lift restrictions as and when it has been safe to do so. We are pleased that following further risk assessments and changes to our estates facilities we can now lift some of the restrictions further. As with our other restrictions, this will be done gradually and could change at any time.
Your partner will be screened each time they enter Labour ward, the Birth Centre or the postnatal wards at Northampton General Hospital.
If at any time your partner presents with a positive result to COVID-19, they must return home and will be advised to self-isolate for 14 days.
We are currently working with the sonography department and plan to implement a safe service to allow partners to attend 20 week scans.
The rooms used for the scans are currently too small to accommodate safe social distancing therefore we need to review this further with our sonographers and infection control teams to find a safe solution.
Antenatal clinic (Maternity day unit)
From Monday 5 October 2020, when a woman attends the Antenatal Clinic, their partners may accompany them to some parts of the appointment. The woman will need to attend the unit on their own while their partner waits in the car or outside of the hospital grounds. Once the woman has been taken into a side room for their appointment they can then phone their partner who can then come into the appointment.
Face coverings must be worn at all times and partners must please adhere to these rules.
Partners are not permitted to wait inside of the building or outside of the Maternity Day Unit.
Community Antenatal Clinics
Women attending antenatal appointments at the Northampton Saints Hub will not be able to be accompanied by a partner. At the Saints hub we have an average footfall of 150 women per day and the space is not adequate to accommodate safe social distancing when additional people are present.
Allowing visitors to this area would potentially double the footfall, impacting on social distancing guidance and heighten the risk to patients, visitors and staff. Face coverings must be worn at all times by patients.
Elective Caesarean Sections - Women who are booked for an elective caesarean section (ELLSCS) will be offered COVID-19 swabbing at their pre-op assessment. During this appointment COVID-19 swabbing is also offered to the birth partner which will allow post-natal visiting.
Elective induction of labour - Women attending for induction of labour (IOL), and their chosen birth partner, will be offered COVID-19 swabbing on arrival at the Maternity unit. This testing is to allow post-natal visiting.
When presenting in labour the woman and her birth partner will both be offered COVID-19 swabbing. We ask that the woman and birth partner be from the same household or social bubble unless there as exceptional circumstances. Partners need to wear a face covering at all times.
Help us to protect you
Please follow floor markings, maintain 2 metre social distancing at all times and use the hand gel provided at all entrances and exits to maternity services.
If your partner experiences any symptoms of COVID-19 or has been in contact with someone who has tested positive with the virus, they must stay at home and not visit the hospital. Please let us know if that is the case.
Please bring sufficient food, drink and other essential items to reduce the number of occasions you need to leave the ward or birthing rooms.
The above guidance may change at any time depending on our local COVID-19 situation and hospital response.
We appreciate your support in helping to keep patients, visitors and staff safe during this time.
Community maternity hubs open from 1st June 2020 - see update below about Weston Favell Health Centre
From 1st June the midwifery teams at NGH will be opening three community maternity hubs for women to see a community midwife about their pregnancy.
The three hubs mean that most pregnant women in the county can access support in the community without needing to visit the main hospital site. The hubs will run as appointment sessions to maintain social distancing and to provide individual support for women.
Any patients with an existing appointment will receive a letter informing them of which hub to attend. If there is a change to the date and time of their appointment, this will be included in the letter.
The three hubs will serve different areas of the town with the majority of appointments taking place at Franklins Gardens. Patients will be contacted and told which hub they will visit and details of their appointment.
The three hubs will be located at:
- Franklin's Gardens, Weedon Road, NN5 5BG
- Danetre Hospital, London Road, NN11 4DY
Please note: At this time, children and partners are unable to accompany you to your appointments. This includes any appointments in or outside of the hospital, including maternity hubs. We will update you when this situation changes.
If women have any queries the appointments line 01604 523364 is open from Monday-Friday 08.30-16.00.
For women with new pregnancies they can contact 01604 545430 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Weston Favell Health Centre
Please note that from 20 July we will no longer be seeing women in Weston Favell Health Centre. From that date women living in the NN3 postcode area who would previously have gone to Weston Favell Health Centre for maternity care will be seen at Franklin's Gardens. Their appointment day and time is unchanged.
The feedback from women using Franklin's Gardens has been extremely positive and we are increasing the number of rooms we are working from. The dates and times of existing appointments at Weston Favell after 20 July will remain the same, but the women will be seen at Franklin's Gardens instead by the midwifery team who were at Weston Favell.
If women have any queries they shuld contact the appointment line on 01604 523364.
Our home birth team is now able to accept first-time mums as well as those who have had babies before.
Statement from Northamptonshire Maternity Services
Everyone working in maternity across the county are committed to doing everything they can to keep families safe through this pandemic of Covid-19.
Although we are working together we are aware that this virus could impact different parts of the maternity services at different times over the coming weeks.
Therefore, the services available may differ at times. This will be influenced by how our maternity units can best keep you safe with the number of staff available to work.
Our priority is to provide care in labour to all women along with essential antenatal and postnatal care. We are confident that we can continue to do this, although we will have to make some changes to the way we work.
Some of the key changes we’re making include:
- Some appointments will be replaced by a telephone consultation.
- Only one partner should be with a woman throughout her labour
- No partners to stay overnight on the wards.
- Birthing partners who are unwell must not come into the hospital
- Partners who are self-isolating are strongly recommended not come to the hospital.
- Birth partners must be symptom-free and preferably from the same household
Both maternity units are working very closely together to share ideas and resources and are in frequent telephone contact. We are following and responding to the national guidance as it becomes available to support our decision-making.
There will be other changes to the maternity services across the county and our midwives will continue keep women updated as to what the changes are and when they will happen.