Visiting considerations will be informed by community COVID-19 transmission rates, hospital COVID- 19 admission numbers and any outbreaks that may be experienced in the hospital environment.
Please note access is restricted to a single birth partner or nominated essential other preferably from the same household or part of an extended household.
Consideration should also be given to the needs of women who require additional support/essential assistance to access maternity services and for whom reasonable adjustments may be required. This may be in the following situations, which are by no means exhaustive:
From Monday 12 July, birthing partners or nominated essential others will now have to order Lateral Flow (LFD) testing kits and complete a test before attending our hospital when:
All birthing partners or nominated essential other visits will be strictly by appointment into the Inpatient Maternity Wards made directly with the Ward/Department due to limited numbers being allowed in an area at any one time.
On arrival the partner or nominated essential other will be asked to present their Lateral Flow result (SMS, e-mail message or screen shot) and will be screened for any symptoms suggestive of COVID-19 infection or other indication that require self-isolation using the national screening tool. In such circumstances the identified visitor will be requested to leave the clinical premises and return home immediately and seek PCR testing. A temperature check will also be taken and recorded on their screening form.
Each Department will maintain a list of hospital visitors’ names and contact details, to aid the NHS Test and Trace teams if contact tracing is indicated.
Whilst the LFD is a voluntary test, if partner or nominated other choose not to take the test then this may result in them not being able to attend appointments or attend the inpatient wards.
Find out more information about our LFD collection locations across North Wales including pharmacy collect, home delivery, step-by-step guides and how to record test results.
One birthing partner/nominated essential other, preferably from the same household or part of an extended household is encouraged to provide support to women attending:
To Ensure Safety of all Women, Mothers, Babies, Visitors and Staff
Anyone with a COVID positive test or showing symptoms of coronavirus (a new continuous cough, high temperature, or a loss of, or change in, normal sense of smell or taste) should not attend the visit, even if these symptoms are mild to intermittent, due to the risk they pose to others.
All Partners/Nominated Essential Other Support Must Observe the Following 10 Steps;
This information is available under the general visiting page.
The Health Board encourages family and friends of patients under our care to consider alternative ways of keeping in touch. This includes the use of our hospitals’ free WiFi to use FaceTime or video calling. We can help facilitate to make this happen, inpatients can loan an IPAD via the Ward from our Patient Advice and Liaison Support Service (PALS).
Our Patient Advice and Liaison Support Service (PALS) is here to help you. Our PALS Officers will do their best to resolve issues quickly and directly with the staff concerned. If you have an enquiry about visiting restrictions or a concern about a friend or relative who has been admitted, please contact PALS (9am to 5pm Monday to Friday except Bank holidays).