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 since the first peak, and to help us provide the safest care for patients as we move into the second wave and upcoming national ‘lockdown’ on 5th November. We appreciate your support and understanding with these measures.
- What are the restricted visiting arrangements for women in the maternity unit at ASPH?
- Will my birth partner be able to be with me during my induction of labour?
- Will my birth partner be able to be with me at my caesarean section?
- Will my birth partner be able to come to labour ward with me if they have symptoms?
- Will my birth partner be able to stay after the birth of my baby?
- Can I bring my bag and baby items with me?
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
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