Mums-to-be have been asking if the forthcoming lockdown arrangements will alter their antenatal appointments at Walsall Manor Hospital.
Carla Jones-Charles is our Divisional Director of Midwifery. She says:
“It is so important that women attend their antenatal appointments so we can check that all is well with baby as well as our mums-to-be at what we know is a worrying time.
“There are no plans to change our arrangements at present but please keep an eye on our Walsall Healthcare website as well as social media for the most up to date information.
“Your birth partner is still able to accompany you to your 20 week scan.
“Women will need to check in alone where they will be issued with a scan ‘track and trace’ slip. This slip must be completed with the details of the person who is accompanying the mum-to-be for their 20 week scan prior to it being performed. Birthing partners will need to remain outside the department until collected for their scan and we ask that partners respect any instruction given by the scanning team. Both mums-to-be and birthing partners are required to wear face coverings at all times – whilst staff will adhere to appropriate PPE.
“We are still asking women attending their 12 week scans to do so alone. We are working to support partners but we do have limited capacity in our waiting areas and have to ensure that women can be socially distanced while they are waiting so please don’t abuse our staff who are just trying to keep everyone safe.
“Please ensure that you’re wearing your face covering correctly too – masks need to be covering the nose and mouth, not below the nostrils or under the chin.
“We are regularly reviewing arrangements to ensure the health, safety and wellbeing of service users and our own Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust staff, many of whom have families of their own that they are trying to protect.
“Please do not attend if you have any of the recognised Covid-19 symptoms of a new continuous cough, a high temperature or a loss or change in your sense of taste and smell but contact your midwife or the maternity service where you are booked. If you feel very unwell with symptoms please contact us.”