Birth partners are once again welcome to attend maternity scans.
From Monday 14 September, birth partners can join their pregnant partner at ‘dating’ scan appointments. This scan is towards the end of the routine 12-week scan appointment.
This move follows a reluctant decision made in April to prevent partners from attending all maternity scans due to concerns over potential COVID-19 infection.
The policy has been under constant review, with the Trust now being confident its robust procedures will ensure the safety of mums-to-be, partners and staff.
Jayne Pailor is radiology and medicine service manager. She said: “Asking partners not to attend maternity scans was a tough decision, and not one we took lightly.
“We now feel secure that our procedures can safely accommodate partners being brought into the final five minutes of the 12-week scan appointment to view the scans and ask any questions.
“We’d like to thank all our mums-to-be and their partners for their understanding and patience during this difficult time.”
As a safety measure, we have a dedicated waiting area for partners where you will be asked to remain until called into the screening room.
Coming into hospital
- Wear a face mask or covering
- Wash your hands
- Use our hand sanitiser points
- Come into hospital if you have any symptoms of COVID-19
Unfortunately, the increased safety measures cannot also accommodate partners at the 20-week (known as the ‘anomaly’ scan). This is under constant review.
For up-to-date information about Covid and visiting our Trust, please visit our coronavirus page.