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Coronavirus (COVID 19) – Information Hub

 

We have set up a dedicated Covid-19 Information Hub to keep you updated with the latest advice and guidance as well as details of any restrictions we have in place at the hospital.

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Coronavirus (COVID - 19) Information Hub

Liverpool Women's NHS Foundation Trust is well prepared to deal with the impact of Coronavirus (Covid-19) and we are working closely with our local and national partner agencies to ensure our patients, public and staff remain safe.

We realise that this is a worrying time for you and your families. Therefore we have developed our Covid-19 Information Hub to keep you updated with the latest advice and guidance as well as details of any restrictions we have in place at the hospital.

Please scroll below to select an item from the menu for the latest information.

As this is a fast-moving situation the information contained in this hub may change at short notice. Please keep visiting this section of our website at regular intervals to stay up to date on any new announcements.

  • How our services are currently affected

    This is a fast-changing situation. Please keep visiting this page where we will announce any changes to the way our services are operating. 

    Unless you are advised otherwise, your existing appointments will be going ahead as normal. If there is any change to this the Trust will contact you in advance to let you know. 

    • Fertility services: Due to COVID-19 The Hewitt Fertility Centre have made the very difficult decision to put fertility treatments on hold. Please visit The Hewitt Fertility Centre website for most up-to-date details.
    • Maternity services: Information for all women and families using Liverpool Women’s Maternity services
    • Community Midwifery: clinics are still running, however patients are advised not to bring any family members with you to the GP Surgery, Children’s Centre or Hospital during this time.
    • Gyane Emergency Department: Telephone triage line introduced for Gynaecology Emergency Department.

      As a result of the increased requirement for social distancing we will be implementing a telephone triage line for the Gynaecology Emergency department from 1pm Wednesday 25th March.  

      If you think you need to attend the emergency department then please contact 0151 702 4140, where you will have a telephone call with a clinical member of staff. The staff member will ask you a series of clinical questions and if needed will arrange an appointment to be seen in the department.   

      You will not be able to enter the Emergency department unless you have been given an appointment by a member of the clinical team. If you arrive at the hospital without an appointment you may be asked to contact the emergency number.

      Please be assured that  there is no change to the ambulance service. if you are being transferred to hospital  in an ambulance following a 999 phone call.

  • Visiting restrictions in place

    Please note that as of Thursday 26th March 2020, Liverpool Women’s has suspended all but essential patient visiting across the Trust until further notice, in response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

    We appreciate that the following measures are strict and will impact on families at an already difficult time. However, the safety and wellbeing of our women, babies, visitors and staff is of paramount importance. We ask everyone to respect these measures and work with us to keep people safe. Staff across all areas will do everything they can to support women and families to stay connected. We appreciate your co-operation, understanding and support at this time.

    Please also be aware that this is a fast-moving situation and further changes to our visiting policy may be introduced at short notice. Please check this webpage regularly for any further changes.

    Maternity Visiting Policy
    Visiting on the Induction Suite and post-natal areas including Maternity Base has been suspended. Unfortunately this does include birth partners whilst women are undergoing induction of labour. The nominated birth partner will be contacted once labour commences or when transfer to the labour/delivery area is required, with the nominated birth partner accompanying women within a labour/delivery area.

    Only one named nominated birth partner will accompany women within our Maternity areas during labour/delivery. The birth partner will be asked to leave the hospital at the point of transfer to a postnatal area. Unfortunately, there will be no further visiting permitted, which includes the birth partner.

    Birth partners are no longer permitted to accompany women to any clinic appointments both in the hospital and in the community. This also includes attendances for Maternity Assessment Unit and any ultrasound scans that are required.
    This has been a difficult decision, but we would like to assure you that this is with the best interests of our families, and we will do everything we can to accelerate a safe and speedy discharge so that mums and babies are discharged home as quickly as possible.

    Neonatal Visiting Policy
    The Neonatal Unit will allow one visitor onto the unit who should be a parent.  No children are permitted to enter the unit at any time.

    Gynaecology Visiting Policy
    All visiting has been suspended for Gynaecology patients on the Gynaecology Unit and for clinic appointments, including our Bedford Clinic. The only exception to this will be for any patients receiving palliative care or at end of life and in these circumstances a member of staff will discuss visiting options with family members.

    No child policy
    Children are not permitted to attend the hospital site for any visiting or to accompany anyone to appointments.

    Children are only permitted to access the hospital site if they are a patient with an appointment.

    Please do not attend the hospital unless you are the patient, birth partner or parent of baby on the Neonatal Unit
    Please do not attend the hospital unless you are the patient, the birth partner or the parent of a baby in the neonatal unit.

    This means that children and friends/family members will not be allowed to stay in areas such as main reception during visiting times. The only person permitted entry to the hospital during visiting is the individual visiting a patient. Members of staff across the Trust have been made aware of this policy and anyone attempting to access the hospital who is not visiting a patient will be asked to leave or will be refused entry entirely.

    Any families or patients who wish to receive support from a member of our Chaplaincy Team will be able to access this but please make arrangements with a member of staff on the ward/unit so this can be arranged in the safest way. 

  • Current stay at home guidance

    Everyone must stay at home to help stop the spread of coronavirus. This includes people of all ages – even if you do not have any symptoms or other health conditions. You can only leave your home:

    • To shop for basic essentials – only when you really need to
    • To do one form of exercise a day – such as a run, walk or cycle, alone or with other people you live with
    • For any medical need – for example, to visit a pharmacy or deliver essential supplies to a vulnerable person
    • To travel to and from work – but only where this is absolutely necessary To make sure people are staying at home and apart from each other, the Government is also stopping all public gatherings of more than two people.                         

    There are only two exceptions to this rule:

    • Where the gathering is of a group of people who live together
    • Where the gathering is essential for work purposes

    More information can be found here:

    https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/full-guidance-on-staying-at-home-and-away-from-others

     

  • What to do if you feel unwell

    Stay at home if you have either:

    • a high temperature – you feel hot to touch on your chest or back
    • a new, continuous cough – this means you've started coughing repeatedly

    Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.

    You do not need to contact 111 to tell them you're staying at home.

    Testing for coronavirus is not needed if you're staying at home.

    How long should you stay at home?

    • if you have symptoms, stay at home for 7 days
    • if you live with other people, they should stay at home for 14 days from the day the first person got symptoms

    If you live with someone who is 70 or over, has a long-term condition, is pregnant or has a weakened immune system, try to find somewhere else for them to stay for 14 days.

    If you have to stay at home together, try to keep away from each other as much as possible.

    Read the NHS advice about staying at home.

    Use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service if:

    • you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home
    • your condition gets worse
    • your symptoms do not get better after 7 days

    Only call 111 if you cannot get help online.

    For full details on how to stay safe and avoid catching and spreading coronavirus visit: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/ 

  • Maternity Services - Information for women and families

    We would like to provide you with as much information as possible about our current situation regarding our maternity services.

    We understand that this is a worrying time for everybody and we hear your concerns about how care will continue to be provided throughout your pregnancy, birth and subsequent care for you and your baby.

    At this moment we are continuing all routine antenatal and postnatal appointments within GP centres, children’s centres, Midwifery led centres at Speke, Yewtree, May Logan and Kirkby and the Antenatal clinics at the Liverpool Women’s, Crown Street  and Aintree site.

    You should attend all of these appointments unless you are advised differently by us to ensure we can continue to monitor you and your baby’s health and wellbeing. We are currently looking at different options to provide telephone consultations where appropriate. You will be contacted by the hospital if your appointment is required to be rescheduled or anything changes.

    If you are experiencing symptoms of Coronavirus but are otherwise well and in self isolation (new continuous dry cough and/ or a temperature over 37.8 ◦C) please contact the Maternity assessment unit via the hospital switchboard on 0151 708 9988, and choose option 2 to speak directly to a midwife who will be able to provide you with individualised advice which may include rescheduling your appointment to facilitate safety of mothers and babies.

    We remain open to all our birth options; this includes a homebirth by our dedicated birth at home team, Midwifery Led Unit and main Delivery Suite. If you already have a planned induction of labour or an elective Caesarean section this will go ahead as scheduled.

    If you require urgent assistance or advice you can contact the Maternity Assessment unit via the hospital switchboard on 0151 708 9988, and choose option 1. The Maternity assessment unit is open 24 hours per day, 7 days per week.

    If you have any concerns regarding your pregnancy or baby that are non-urgent please contact your community midwife between the hours of 08:30- 16:30 alternatively you can contact the Maternity Assessment unit via the hospital switchboard on 0151 708 9988, and choose option 2.

    All our maternity staff are here to help and available for advice and support whenever you need it.

    We will endeavour to provide you with the most up to date information as we receive it.                                                            

    For further information please follow the link to the joint guidance from the Royal College of Midwives and the Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology

     

  • Virtual information sessions

    Maternity Services

     

    Multiple Pregnancy

    The Multiple Pregnancy Team parents information evening will be cancelled for the foreseeable future.

    Breastfeeding Workshop 

    Due to social distancing our breastfeeding workshop is now available in video form. You can view the video here:

     

  • Further information and links

    Latest advice 

    As you will appreciate, updates and advice relating to COVID-19 are likely to change at regular intervals. This page will be updated as required to signpost to the latest information. The following is a summary of the latest advice from Public Health England. 

    • As of Friday 20th March 2020, schools have closed until further notice along with all bars, restaurants, cafes, gyms and many other businesses or establishments such as cinemas and theatres. This is to tackle coronavirus as effectively as possible through social distancing.
    • For Public Health England's guidance on social distancing which is available in different languages click here

    For the most accurate and reliable advice please refer to the following information resources listed below. Liverpool City Council, local NHS organisations, and Public Health England are also providing the latest local updates and advice through dedicated social media pages on Twitter and Facebook. Click on the links above or search @COVIDLiverpool on both platforms to follow regular updates.

    BSL sign language videos of Government updates

    Sign Health have created a web page with the daily COVID-19 updates from the Government in BSL. Click here to view.

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