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Junior doctors industrial action (24-28 February 2024)

British Medical Association (BMA) junior doctors are scheduled to take industrial action from 7am Saturday 24th to 11:59pm Wednesday 28th February 2024.

As a result, we are expecting that a number of junior doctors who work at Liverpool Women’s NHS Foundation Trust will be on strike during this time.

To maintain patient safety, some of our services may be disrupted so that our clinical teams can prioritise our most urgent patients and care.

If your scheduled appointment is impacted by the upcoming industrial action, we will be in touch with you as soon as possible to let you know and to provide you with a re-arranged date. We appreciate for anyone currently waiting for an appointment that any changes will be extremely frustrating, and we apologise in advance for the inconvenience this causes to anyone who is affected.

We will be contacting any patients whose appointments may be affected. If you are not contacted, please attend the hospital as normal.

Coronavirus (COVID - 19) Information Hub

Please select the tabs below for the latest advice and guidance on the measures Liverpool Women's Hospital has in place to deal with COVID-19.

UPDATED: 24 October 2022 - 'Living with COVID' details added

  • Patients, Birth Partners and Visiting the Hospital

    Birth Partners and Maternity Visiting

    • When attending the hospital for labour and birth, your TWO support partners will be invited to accompany you to the hospital and remain with you throughout your birth until your transfer to the postnatal wards. If you are already admitted to our IOL suite your additional birth support partner will be contacted as you move through to a Delivery area.
    • Women undergoing an elective caesarean section will attend the hospital with their nominated ONE support partner and will be admitted to the elective caesarean section Admissions Lounge. Following the delivery of your baby in theatre, you will be moved to recovery where your partner will remain with you. On transfer to the maternity ward your chosen support partner, In addition you may choose a second support partner who will then be able to visit you on the following day by making the appropriate appointment.
    • TWO support partners are permitted in the inpatient antenatal and postnatal areas for visiting. Your support partners will already be known to us for postnatal visiting. For antenatal visits, nominated support partners will need to be identified prior to visiting. The named support partners must arrange their visiting slot in advance.

    To clarify for all visiting and support whilst you are in our care, TWO support partners are permitted and this must be the same person for all subsequent visits – multiple support partners/visitors are not permitted, unless in exceptional circumstances.

    • Siblings are permitted to attend the Maternity Ward areas in addition to the two support partners.
    • Visiting in the inpatient antenatal and postnatal areas (Maternity ward) will be permitted between the following sessions: 11:00 – 14:00 and 16:00 - 19:00. Visiting will be restricted to one 3 hour visit per day and will need to be booked in advance to obtain a designated time slot. This is to reduce the volume of footfall of visitors within the area throughout the day ensuring safety for women and their babies.
    • To book a visiting appointment for the Maternity Base, call 0151 702 4064 between the hours of 08.30-16.00.
    • Please note that at present visiting appointment requests can only be made one day at a time – block bookings for set times each day will not be possible. You will be required to contact us each day to book individual appointments.

    Antenatal Appointments 

    • Pregnant women are now permitted to be accompanied by ONE support person to most routine appointments.
    • This includes; all scan appointments, attendances at the Early Pregnancy Assessment Unit (EPAU), Fetal Medicine Unit (FMU), Maternity Assessment Unit (MAU) and attendance for IOL procedure
    • Women will be required to continue attending blood/phlebotomy appointments alone unless there are exceptional circumstances which should be discussed with a member of staff in advance.
    • Women who have suffered the loss of a baby will be able to receive support from their nominated support partners initially and staff will also provide bereavement support. In the period after the loss of a baby, family will be able to support women when they are in the care of our Honeysuckle Team – this will normally be limited to a baby’s parents and/or grandparents. We do also politely ask that the two chosen support partners remain the same two people however staff will discuss any specific arrangements or requests in more detail with women and families privately.

    Community Midwifery:

    • Women who attend community appointments can have ONE support person accompany them to all visits.

    Neonatal Visiting

    • Extended family can now visit on the Neonatal unit and this will now allow Parents/Significant others to freely visit the Neonatal unit.
    • We ask if you feel unwell that you do not visit the unit and speak with a member of staff.
    • If a baby being cared for on the Neonatal Unit is being tested for – or has tested positive for – Covid-19, some visiting restriction measures will be introduced. This will be discussed with families individually.
    • To ensure that we continue to maintain the highest standards of infection control we need to ensure that you as parents/significant others  that you fully understand the precautions you must take to help us maintain these standards so we can keep visiting open  and you must wear the appropriate PPE as guided by the team.

    Gynaecology Visiting Policy

    Two family members are permitted, unless there are exceptional circumstances where additional visiting is needed. 

    Please postpone your visit if you feel unwell or have respiratory symptoms, diarrhoea or vomiting symptoms or other infectious illness.

    We request that all visitors clean your hands as you enter and leave the departments and on entering patient rooms or other areas of the hospital (using gel or soap and water).

    Face masks are available for your personal use if your preference is to wear one and visitors may be asked to wear a facemask during their visit to the hospital when visiting patients with respiratory illness, vulnerable or if advised by a clinical member of staff. 

    If you are a patient attending an appointment or admission, please inform the reception desk if you are unwell. 

    Visiting times:

    • Visiting times: Mon-Sun 1400 – 1900 hrs

    Please note Visting arrangements may be restricted at short notice if necessary for the safety of our patients' visitors and staff. 

    The following exceptions should be observed within gynaecology:

    • Patients at the end of life
    • A carer that is supporting someone with a mental health issue such as dementia, a learning disability or autism or other similar complex conditions where not being present would cause the patient to be distressed. 
    • Parent / guardian for those patients who are under the age of 18. 
    • Support person / partner for those patients attending Gynaecology Ward for late medical termination of pregnancy and miscarriage. 

    In exceptional cases consideration will be given to individual requests following a comprehensive risk assessment

    Living with Covid - Lateral Flow Tests for Patients

    As part of the move to Living with Covid as a Trust we will not be routinely supplying LFD Kits for patients.

    If you are asking a patient to carry out a LFD test prior to admission please direct them to the Government website: Order coronavirus (COVID-19) rapid lateral flow tests - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

    If a patient has been unable to access them from the Government Website please email a request a single test for a patient prior to a procedure email procurement@lwh.nhs.uk

    If you are a staff member who has been asked to take a test go to Order coronavirus (COVID-19) rapid lateral flow tests - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

    Changes to mask wearing guidance

    Face coverings are no longer mandatory

    This means that when you visit us you will not be asked to wear a face covering but they are available for those who wish to use them.

    However, if you are visiting a patient who has confirmed or suspected Covid-19 you will still be required to wear a mask.

    If you have any Covid-19 symptoms you should not be attending the hospital as a visitor.

    Please be aware this may change.

    Guidance for patients

    • Inpatients with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 should be provided with a facemask on admission. This should be worn in multi-bedded bays and communal areas, eg: waiting areas for diagnostics, if this can be tolerated and is deemed safe for the patient. They are not usually required in single rooms, unless, eg: a visitor enters
    • All other inpatients are not required to wear a facemask unless this is a personal preference
    • Patients with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 transferring to another area should wear a facemask, if tolerated, to minimise the dispersal of respiratory secretions and reduce environmental contamination
    • Outpatients with respiratory symptoms who are required to attend for emergency treatment should wear a facemask/covering, if tolerated, or offered one on arrival
    • All other outpatients are not required to wear a facemask unless this is a personal preference.

    For visitors:

    • In inpatient settings visitors may be asked to wear a face mask when visiting patients with COVID-19, (or similar infections) or vulnerable patients. Visitors may choose to wear a face mask/covering if that is their preference
    • Visitors and individuals accompanying patients to outpatient appointments, or the emergency department are not required to wear a facemask unless this is a personal preference.

    We ask for everyone’s compliance with these measures to keep our women, newborn babies, families and staff safe and to protect us all from Covid-19.

    Thank you for your support and co-operation

    Exceptions to visiting access

    Temporary restrictions to visiting will be introduced in the following circumstances:

    • If a patient or visitor has tested positive for Covid-19.
    • If a visitor has Covid-19 symptoms when visiting the hospital.
    • If a visitor is isolating as a contact of someone who is Covid-19 positive.
    • If a visitor has been contacted by NHS Test and Trace to say they have been in contact with a Covid-19 positive patient.
    • If a visitor is shielding.
    • If there is a reported staff outbreak of Covid-19 in specific areas of the hospital.
    • If any geographical outbreak of Covid-19 or local restrictions introduced requiring stricter measures to control footfall in and out of the hospital is viewed by the Trust to be too high risk if cases continue to rise.

    Social Workers/Carers/Advocates/Community Staff

    Any patient requiring visitation from external NHS staff or partner agencies will need to be contacted directly. If face to face visitation is unavoidable please contact the Trust Safeguarding Team on 0151 702 4181 (during office hours), out of hours please contact Switchboard 0151 708 9988 and ask to be put through to the bleep holder for the division you require (Maternity / Neonatal etc).

    Any professional meetings required (discharge meetings, strategy meetings etc) need to be co-ordinated through the Trust Safeguarding Team in a timely manner as possible

     

     

  • How to get the COVID-19 vaccine if you are pregnant

    COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics 

    The Liverpool Women’s new midwife led vaccination clinic for pregnant women is being held on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays every week, from 9.00am to 4.30pm in the Antenatal Clinic at the hospital.

    The service offers dedicated appointment slots for pregnant women and their support partner which are bookable by calling 0151 702 4328 (Option 2 “Antenatal”). 

    Alternatively you can email antenatalvaccinations@lwh.nhs.uk any time with your name and contact number to make an initial request for an appointment and a member of the team will contact you (between 9am - 5pm Monday to Friday) to confirm a date and time that is convenient for you. No drop-in option is available at present and this clinic is only for pregnant women receiving their care at Liverpool Women’s. If you are receiving your care through another provider please contact them for similar vaccine offers or go through the national booking line.

    When a pregnant women books and receives their vaccine at Liverpool Women’s, any support partners accompanying them at the time will also be offered both a COVID-19 and flu vaccine.

    If you have any concerns or questions about the vaccine, you are encouraged to speak to your midwife beforehand so they can advise you of its safety.

    Booking a vaccine through the national booking line

    As well as being able to book a dedicated appointment slot for COVID-19 and flu vaccinations at Liverpool Women’s Hospital now, pregnant women can also book to get a COVID-19-vaccine or booster dose online now at www.nhs.uk/covidvaccine or by calling 119.

    In addition, you can also search for nearby vaccination drop-in clinics via the national NHS booking system, and find a list of additional ‘pop up’ sessions taking place in Liverpool too.

    Taxi to the Vaxi

    Taxi to the Vaxi is an offer from the contact centre at Liverpool City Council to support vulnerable people with help to book a vaccination appointment via the National Booking Service, and to book a free taxi to the appointment (there and back). This also includes anyone attending Liverpool Women's Hospital for a vaccination appointment which has been booked through the hospital.

    The offer specifically includes pregnant women who are Liverpool Residents, or who are registered with a Liverpool GP Practice.

    To access the booking line for Taxi to the Vaxi contact Liverpool City Council via their Covid Isolation Advice Line - 0800 169 3032 lines open 8am to 6pm Mon to Fri.

    Pregnant women to be prioritised for vaccinations

    The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) is calling on all pregnant women to get vaccinated as soon as possible.

    Pregnant women will be prioritised at vaccination drop in clinics in the community and this specifically applies to vaccination clinics in Liverpool. If you are pregnant please come forward and have your vaccine either at Liverpool Women's Hospital via an appointment or at a drop in clinic locally to you.

    More details on why pregnant women are being prioritised for vaccination can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/pregnant-women-urged-to-come-forward-for-covid-19-vaccination

    Advice for pregnant women or people trying to become pregnant

    You can find the latest vaccination advice (published 3rd August 2021) for pregnant women from the Nursing & Midwifery Council here: https://www.nmc.org.uk/news/news-and-updates/nmc-statement-vaccine-midwifery/ 

    CLICK HERE for a helpful information sheet and decision making aid about the vaccine from a number of sources including the Royal College of Midwives. 

    As well as the above information Dr Alice Bird, a Consultant Obstetrician at Liverpool Women’s, talks about the Covid-19 vaccine and pregnancy in this short video: 

    If you're pregnant, or think you might be, you can have the COVID-19 vaccine. You'll be invited when your age group are offered it or earlier if you have a health condition or reason that means you're eligible.

    It's preferable for you to have the Pfizer/BioNTech or Moderna vaccine. This is because they've been more widely used during pregnancy in other countries and have not caused any safety issues.

    You can book your COVID-19 vaccination online. During the booking process, you’ll be asked if you’re pregnant. This is to make sure you’re offered an appointment for the Pfizer/BioNTech or Moderna vaccine.

    Further information and advice for pregnant women or people thinking of becoming pregnant

    Here is an NHS video featuring unvaccinated pregnant women's experience and why getting the vaccine is important if you are pregnant.

     

    Visit the GOV.UK website here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-vaccination-women-of-childbearing-age-currently-pregnant-planning-a-pregnancy-or-breastfeeding 

     

     

     

  • Gynaecology Emergency Department attendance advice

    Gynaecology Emergency Department

    Liverpool Women’s Gynaecology Emergency Department is open and able to care for women with early pregnancy and gynaecology problems. 

    Due to the impact of COVID-19 we would like to ask for your support to allow us to manage your care safely.  

     

    If you are experiencing heavy vaginal bleeding, particularly if you feel faint or short of breath or you have severe abdominal pain, you are welcome to attend the department without contacting us first.

     

    If you are well enough to wait a short time, please call our Nurse Triage Line on 0151 702 4140 between the hours of 8am and 8pm 

    A nurse will listen to your problem, give advice or arrange for you to be seen by a member of our team.  We aim to give you an appointment to reduce your waiting time in the hospital.

     

    If our phone line is busy, please continue to hold, we will answer as soon as possible.

     

    If you are calling or attending the unit and have symptoms of a cold or COVID-19 please inform the first member of staff you speak to.  Follow the UK Government guidance around testing and self -isolation.  We have specific arrangements in place to look after you whilst protecting others in the hospital.

     

    If you attend without an appointment, a member of our team will assess your problem, provide treatment if urgently needed and may give you the option to wait outside or return for a planned appointment within 72hrs. 

     

    Visitors are able to attend with 1 other person accompanying them.

     

    Please note, patients will be triaged independently by the nursing team. Visitors will then be able to attend review with the patient. 

     

    We appreciate your support and understanding.

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