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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: 23 August 2022 - Changes to mask wearing guidance 

  • Birth Partners and Visiting the Hospital

    Birth Partners and 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
    • As the above measures will increase footfall across the hospital please only attend the hospital 10 minutes before your appointment at the earliest. Please also be aware that at times of increased footfall or when areas are particularly busy and social distancing cannot be maintained, the Trust may be required to limit access at certain times temporarily and we ask for your co-operation and support if this happens. 
    • 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 attend community appointments can have ONE support person accompany them to all visits.
    • We request that once support partners enter the hospital that they stay inside for the full period of their visit. If you intend to purchase food or other items from somewhere other than the hospital, please bring them with you when you arrive. You will not be permitted to exit and re-enter the hospital in the same period unless there are exceptional circumstances. 
    • 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: 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.

    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 who will be able to visit for one hour. Unless there are exceptional circumstances where additional visiting is needed. 

    All visitors should still observe the strict 1 metre social distancing principles whilst moving around the hospital, wear face coverings and adhere to strict hand Hygiene on entering and leaving the hospital and clinical areas. 

     Visitors must.

    • Must agree to follow all IPC procedures – handwashing, wearing mask, safe distance of 1 metre
    • Must notify the ward if they develop any symptoms of COVID-19 infection within 48 hrs of their visit to the hospital
    • Anyone with cough and colds will not be permitted on to the ward

    Visiting times:

    • Visiting times: Mon-Sun 1200 – 1800 hrs
    • Visitors must not arrive before their allocated time.
    • Once visit is completed the visitors must immediately exit the unit and the Trust. 

    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.

    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 

     

     

     

  • Covid-19 vaccine advice

    For the latest advice and guidance on the Covid-19 vaccine please refer to the following website. Any further updates that are specific to Liverpool Women's Hospital will be added to this page in due course: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/coronavirus-vaccine/ 

    You can also access a number of videos from the NHS in various languages which explains the benefits of the COVID-19 vaccine. Please follow this link to view the videos: https://www.england.nhs.uk/north-west/north-west-services/north-west-maternity-services/covid-19-vaccination/

    Advice for pregnant women or people trying to become pregnant

    If you are pregnant, it is strongly recommended you get the COVID vaccine if you are not yet protected. The advice has not changed.

    Extensive data shows the vaccine is safe and highly effective for pregnant and breastfeeding women.
    Pregnant women will also be eligible for an autumn booster.

    More: https://t.co/uRfg01f5zj https://twitter.com/dhscgovuk/status/1564663832974442496?s=27&t=ytypwpOM8QljomAnVEbkFw

    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: 

    Here is a Q&A video featuring a number of NHS experts which answers many questions about the vaccine relating to women's health such as pregnancy, fertility and other topics:

    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

    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 

    Liverpool vaccination programme updates

    You can find out more about the local vaccination programme in Liverpool including latest updates and FAQs on the Liverpool CCG website HERE.

    Vaccine Fraud

    To find out more about Vaccine Fraud click link below

  • Gynaecology Emergency Department attendance advice

    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 need our help to manage 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.

    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.  You can choose to stay in the department if you wish.

    We appreciate your support and understanding.

  • What you need to know before visiting us

    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.

     

    Attending for an appointment

    Attend no more than 10 minutes prior to your appointment time.

    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. 

    • 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.
    • Gynaecology Emergency Department (GED): Telephone triage line introduced for Gynaecology Emergency Department - call 0151 702 4140

      If you have an acute gynaecological or early pregnancy problem, call 0151 702 4140 to speak to a member of our nursing team.  The nurse will assess your problem and where appropriate will arrange for you to either be seen immediately in the Emergency Department, to receive a call back from a doctor or nurse practitioner or arrange for you to attend a see and treat appointment in our Early Pregnancy Assessment Unit.

      Occasionally, there are long waiting times to speak to a member of the nursing team. We apologise for this and are working to improve the service.  If your symptoms are not severe, please keep trying.

      If you are unable to access the service, particularly if you have severe pain or heavy bleeding, please attend Liverpool Women’s and you will be directed to the GED.

    • Gynaecology Elective Activity: From the 1st June Liverpool Women’s Gynaecology started to recommence some of it’s elective activity. This will be a phased approach with patient attendance/ appointment numbers restricted to ensure social distancing measures and other safety measures in relation to Covid-19 are adhered to within the hospital. The hospital will contact you in advance of your outpatient or inpatient appointments being scheduled as part of this phased re-opening of our elective services.

    • Oncology: Our cancer clinics and surgery will continue to run and there are no plans at present to step down or suspend these services. Every measure is being taken to ensure that critical cancer care continues to be delivered in the safest and most efficient way to protect our patients and our staff during this difficult time.

    - We will be conducting follow-up clinics via telephone or virtually wherever possible.

    - Necessary face-to-face appointments will be structured into a one-stop model as far as possible, to minimise time spent on the hospital site.

    - Cancer surgery lists may change at short notice due to the pressures arising from COVID-19. Our appointments team will be in contact should this affect you.

    If you were due to attend for a cancer appointment, you will be contacted directly with further details of what this means for you.

    If you are due to attend for an appointment or for surgery, our team will contact you the day before your appointment for COVID-19 screening. If you have symptoms, or are self-isolating as a member of your household has symptoms, then we will reschedule your appointment for when you are well again and able to attend hospital. This is to ensure your safety and wellbeing, as well as that of our staff and other patients.

    • Termination of Pregnancy: The Bedford Centre is currently running a primarily telephone-based service. If a scan or a face-to-face appointment is required, this will be advised in your telephone consultation.

      If it is determined that you need to attend in person, then unless you are under 16 or need a carer unfortunately your support person will need to wait outside the hospital building. This is to minimise the number of people coming in and out of the building.

      The primary option offered for termination of pregnancy will be outpatient medical management. What this means for you will be discussed in your telephone consultation.

    To make an appointment, please contact the British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS) on 03457 30 40 30.

    • The Liverpool Centre for Genomic Medicine: The Liverpool Centre for Genomic Medicine is working hard to ensure that for all patients, that it is appropriate for, we offer a telephone or virtual clinic appointment during the Covid-19 pandemic. However, many of our patients will need to be seen in person and those patients will receive a letter to let them know that their appointment will be arranged once we are able to offer face to face appointments again.

     

    Covid-19 Lateral Flow swab tests for admission 

    For any planned admission you will be expected to undertake a Lateral Flow COVID Test as part of your admission process when you come into Liverpool Women’s Hospital and it is important that you do this.

    There are two ways your test kit can be ordered, and your healthcare professional will advise on which one applies to you.

    Ordering a test kit

    There are two ways a test kit can be ordered:

    Order online yourself at gov.uk/order-coronavirus-rapid-lateral-flow-tests please note that you require an email address

    Or order by calling 119 and a call handler will place the order for you.

    Please note:

    A test kit will arrive at your specified address within 3 days of being ordered. You will need to undertake a Lateral Flow Test 72 hours before your procedure and on the morning of admission. Please also minimise your exposure risk between the 72hour test and the morning of your procedure.

    Registering your test result

    When you have taken your test, you need to report the result. There are two ways you can do this:

    Report online at gov.uk/report-covid19-result please note that a mobile number or email address will be required

    Or call 119 and a call handler will record the result for you

    Please remember to bring evidence of your registered test result (email or SMS) on the day of your appointment.

    If you have any issues, please contact your healthcare professional who can provide further assistance.

    Other Supporting Information

    Advice for when leaving the hospital

     

    Guidance for people at highest clinical risk

    NHS England will no longer be hosting Frequently Asked Questions for people at highest clinical risk from Covid-19.

    This is to help ensure that people are always clear where to go for the latest information, as the Government updates its policies. For the latest guidance please visit the following sources:

    GOV.UK – for the latest updates on shielding guidance from Public Health England, as well as information on the Government support offer for those on the Shielded Patients List (SPL).

    NHS.UK – provides patient-facing information on health services and medical conditions.

    NHS Digital – for detailed information about the Shielded Patient List and the method that has been used for identifying people who may be clinically extremely vulnerable to Coronavirus.

    NHS Volunteer Responders - the NHS is also providing further support to those at highest clinical risk via the GoodSam App and NHS Volunteer Responders.

    People who are shielding can request support from the NHS Volunteer Responders by calling 0808 196 3646 between 8am and 8pm. This service will not replace any local voluntary referral schemes already established but will complement these.

    01 June 20

    Leaflets

    For patients with rare diseases there is some excellent information leaflets available from the charity Unique: https://www.rarechromo.org/ and from the British Society of Genomic Medicine:

    Advice for women during pregnancy: https://www.rcog.org.uk/coronavirus-pregnancy

    1. Coronavirus: Planning your birth
    2. Coronavirus: Parent information for new born babies
    3. Coronavirus: Looking after yourself and your baby in pregnancy
    • Available to download here:

    https://www.england.nhs.uk/coronavirus/publication/maternity-leaflets-translated-versions/

    BSL

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

    BSL Health Access enables the provision of immediate, on demand access to British Sign Language (BSL) interpreters for communication with Deaf people in health settings free of charge during the current Coronavirus situation. You can access it by clicking here.

    Covid-19 information videos in 11 languages

    Click here for information videos in 11 different languages on essential advice, hand washing and spotting the signs of Covid-19.

    Other support

    ADDvanced Solutions Community Network have a new, online offer to support children, young people, families and professionals in the Liverpool area. Click here to find out more.

     

  • Maternity Services - Information for women and birth partners

    Birth Registrations

    The General Registry Office has issued an instruction across the country that all birth registrations should be deferred due to the pandemic.  The birth registration team based at LWH has therefore been suspended until further notice.  Families are able to register a birth at St George’s Hall should therefore be directed to review the Liverpool City Council Website: www.liverpool.gov.uk  where further instructions and updates on the current situation can be found. 

    Please avoid contacting our Registry office direct.  Please note that the lack of a birth certificate will not prevent the baby being registered with a GP or for the parents to claim any benefits or support.

    Liverpool City Council would like to thank you for your support in this matter.

    Postnatal advice

    Click here for a Patient Information Leaflet on caring for you and your new baby during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Maternity Contacts

    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.

    Additional advice for Birth Partners

    On attendance to the maternity unit, all birth partners will be asked whether they have had any symptoms which could suggest COVID-19 in the preceding seven days. If the onset of these symptoms was 10 days or less ago, or they still have symptoms (other than persistent cough), they should be asked to leave the maternity unit immediately and self-isolate at home.

    Can I attend the hospital with my partner when she is giving birth?

    We do have some restrictions on visiting hours; however, we appreciate that the birth of a baby is an important life event and we are encouraging all birth partners who currently have no symptoms of COVID-19 to attend during labour and for the birth. Birth partners are asked to remain by the woman’s bedside and not to walk around the ward/hospital. You will be given clear guidance on what is expected of you if your partner requires care in the operating theatre (e.g. for Caesarean section).

    Should I attend if I have had household contact with a person with symptoms?

    Current government advice is that anyone who has been in contact with a household member with possible symptoms of COVID-19 should self-isolate for 14 days, even if they do not have symptoms themselves

    If you are a birth partner and are within the 14-day isolation period, provided you have no symptoms yourself, we welcome you to attend for the labour, birth and for a short period after the birth. After the birth you should leave the maternity unit, go straight home and continue your period of self-isolation. We would ask that you wear the mask provided to you and we will advise you about how to use this.

    If you have any symptoms of possible COVID-19, you should be at home. If you are in the 14 day self-isolation period it is very important that you advise us of this before coming to the unit.

    What visiting restrictions are there for birth partners?

    To reduce any unnecessary risk of transmission to mums, babies and staff we are restricting visitors, including birth partners, at all times apart from induction, labour and birth. Visiting is also restricted in some other situations, for example, assessments of possible signs of labour e.g. waters breaking but no contractions. You could be asked to wait until a decision has been made about admission, before coming into the unit yourself. If your partner is in early labour, admission may not be necessary.

    What will happen if I have symptoms of COVID-19 or develop them after my partner has been admitted in labour?

    It is essential that you advise a member of our staff if you develop:

    • A high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
    • A new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual.
    • A loss or change to your sense of smell or taste

    If you develop symptoms, we will ask you to return home and self-isolate We appreciate that this would be extremely disappointing and hope that you understand the importance of taking these measures. We strongly advise that you identify an alternative birth partner who can take your place, just in case you do start to develop symptoms.

    We would really appreciate your understanding at this difficult time.

    If you have any queries about these restrictions ask to speak to a senior member of the midwifery team.

    Useful Links

    NHS England Maternity Leaflets:

    Coronavirus: Planning your birth 

    Coronavirus: Parent information for newborn babies

    The following maternity leaflets are also available in ten languages:

    Coronavirus: Planning your birth

    Coronavirus: Parent information for new born babies

    Coronavirus: Looking after yourself and your baby in pregnancy

    Available to download here:

    https://www.england.nhs.uk/coronavirus/publication/maternity-leaflets-translated-versions/

  • Download the NHS Covid-19 App

    Protect your loved ones. Download the app.

    The new NHS COVID-19 app, now available to download for free in England and Wales, is the fastest way to see if you're at risk from coronavirus. The faster you know, the quicker you can alert and protect your loved ones and community.

    The app has a number of tools to protect you, including contact tracing, local area alerts and venue check-in.

    What does the app do?

    Trace: Get alerted if you’ve been near other app users who have tested positive for coronavirus

    Alert: Let us know the level of coronavirus risk in your postcode

    Check-in: Get alerted if you have visited a venue where you may have come into contact with coronavirus

    Symptoms: Check if you have coronavirus symptoms and see if you need to order a free test

    Test: Help you book a test and get your result

    Isolate: Keep track of your self-isolation countdown and access relevant advice

    The app will help the NHS Test and Trace service, Public Health England, the Government and other stakeholders - to understand how and where the virus is moving, so we can take the necessary measures to contain and enable action, alongside our current contact tracing and containment measures. The NHS COVID-19 app tracks the spread of the virus, not individuals.

    You can download the App for IOS or Android by searching ‘NHS Covid-19’ in your App Store.

    When you visit Liverpool Women’s Hospital, don’t forget to scan the QR code which will be displayed around the hospital site, to check-in to the venue and be alerted if you have come into close contact with anyone with coronavirus.

    For more information on the app, visit the NHS website.

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