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Visiting Restrictions - Important COVID-19 Update

The safety of our mums and newborn babies is our highest priority. Due to the outbreak of COVID-19, as part of our Infection Prevention and Control strategy, we need to implement a strict visiting policy to help prevent transmission and safeguard those we care for. The restrictions at Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals have been implemented due to the increased incidence of COVID-19 in our local community. We appreciate your support and understanding with these measures.


Antenatal period:

Birth partner from the same household / bubble can attend antenatal appointments including 12 and 20 week scans. They must wear a mask at all times.

Abbey Birth Centre:

Birth Partner from the same household / bubble can be present for antenatal appointments

Birth partner from the same household / bubble can be present at any stage of labour and until transfer to the ward or discharge home

Labour ward:

Birth partner from the same household / bubble can be present where a procedure is being undertaken such as an ECV (when baby is breech and we try to turn the baby head down)

Birth partner from the same household / bubble can be present if you come in and there is a chance you may have your baby prematurely or if you are bleeding or other concerns - this will be a case by case assessment by the staff with you

Birth Partner from the same household / bubble can be present at any stage of labour and until transfer to the ward or discharge home

Birth partner from the same household / bubble can be present for elective C Section or induction of labour on labour ward. If you are attending for an elective c section we will take a COVID-19 swab form both you and your partner at your pre assessment check.

Joan Booker Ward:

Visiting for your chosen birth partner from same household / bubble will be from 10am to 8pm across the ward.


Parents will be able to be with their baby with no time restrictions applied. For more information about the visiting restrictions in place, please click here.


In order to facilitate these changes in maternity we do ask for a the following to be strictly adhered to:

  • Temperature screening on entrance to the Abbey Wing and then daily if you have stayed overnight on labour ward / Abbey Birth Centre.
  • The birth partner must also be swabbed if you are admitted and then every 5 days after this if you remain as an inpatient.
  • They must maintain stringent hand hygiene.
  • They must wear a mask and remain by the bedside / in the room as much as possible and not walk about the wards / building.
  • If symptomatic they must not come to the hospital and isolate at home.
  • This will be implemented with immediate effect.


Changes to Visiting at ASPH

We have changed our visiting restrictions at Ashford and St Peter’s hospitals so that a relative, carer or friend can visit an inpatient for 1 hour each day. To book a visit appointment visitors must call the dedicated telephone line 01932 723318 between 1000 – 1600 Monday to Friday when the line is open. If any visitors need to book a visiting slot outside of those hours, they will need to contact the relevant ward directly.

Children’s wards, Maternity, A&E and ITU are managing the situation locally, so for more specific guidance, queries or information, please speak with the relevant department.

Due to the national changes around testing, we are no longer asking visitors to lateral flow test before entering one of the hospital sites, but infection prevention and control measures such as temperature checks, sanitising hands, social distancing and wearing a surgical mask inside the hospitals remain in place.

Andrea Lewis RRC
Chief Nurse


Wearing Face Masks in our Hospitals

All patients, visitors, and staff are expected to use a new surgical mask issued by the checkpoint teams when they arrive at all hospital sites. If you are wearing your own face covering or mask you will be asked to remove this and use a new mask for the duration of your visit. The mask must cover your mouth and nose and be worn at all times, unless your clinician asks you to remove it.

There are checkpoints by each entrance and you will be asked to use the hand sanitiser provided and have your temperature taken (by a forehead thermometer). On exit, please dispose of the mask in the clinical waste bin provided and sanitise your hands.

It is expected that everyone on the hospital sites wears a mask with the following exceptions, in line with national guidance:

  • children under the age of 11 (Public Health England do not recommended face coverings for children under the age of 3 for health and safety reasons)
  • people who cannot put on, wear or remove a face covering because of a physical or mental illness or impairment, or disability
  • where putting on, wearing or removing a face covering will cause you severe distress
  • if you are speaking to or providing assistance to someone who relies on lip reading, clear sound or facial expressions to communicate


Further information about COVID -19 can be found at www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19 or here.

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