Partners may attend ultrasound pregnancy scans again

04/08/2020

Rules amended to allow for one support person to be with pregnant women at scans

Women heading to the Horton General Hospital maternity unit for pregnancy ultrasound scans can from this week once again take their partner with them.   This is as restrictions brought in earlier this year due to coronavirus are eased.

The allowance is made for just one support person during the entire appointment.    No children are allowed.   The Oxford University Hospitals Trust say the advice remains that anyone attending hospital must not have any COVID symptoms and scans will be rearranged if a woman is unwell.

During the pandemic the Trust has made a number of changes to how they provide care to women during pregnancy including carrying out some appointments by telephone or video.   The maternity service has remained open throughout for births, urgent care, and clinical advice.

Ali Cuthbertson, Director of Midwifery at the Trust, said, “We know how much it means to women to have their partners present and so we are really pleased that following changes in national guidance we are now able to welcome them back. In order to keep everyone safe, children will not be able to be present, and each woman will only be able to bring one person with her.”

“I would also like to take this opportunity to remind women that if they have an urgent problem, you can speak to a midwife or doctor day or night at our Maternity Assessment Unit.”

The high risk antenatal clinics at the Horton and the John Radcliffe continue to run and the ultrasound departments at both hospitals are also still operational.    In addition midwives are still able to see women in pregnancy in Banbury, Chipping Norton, Wantage, Wallingford and Oxford.

Antenatal classes are not running in person at present but the midwifery teams are running childbirth and ‘Ask the Midwife’ sessions using Facebook live from the Oxfordshire Maternity Voices Partnership Facebook page.


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