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Update from Tuesday 6 April: In order to support pregnant women using maternity services during the pandemic at Sherwood Forest Hospitals, the Trust is offering all women and their support person the option to have a Covid-19 test before their 12 and 20 weeks scan appointments at King’s Mill Hospital.
The tests being offered are rapid ‘lateral flow’ tests. In order to allow time for the tests to be carried out women and their support person are being asked to come to hospital 50 minutes before their scan appointment. The test is a simple nasal swab, it isn’t painful and it doesn’t take long.
More information about the tests and FAQs can be found here.
Update from Monday 21 December: From 21 December we are able to welcome birth partners back to all scans and planned antenatal appointments.
We also continue with individualised plans for visiting if you have additional needs.
It is standard practice for us to ask you and your partner whether you have any Covid symptoms every time you attend an appointment or any hospital setting. Please also be aware that partners are asked to wear face masks or face coverings when a midwife is present in the room and are to remain in the room as much as possible when on the Maternity Unit. For the maternity unit ‘birth partner’ or ‘partner’ means somebody who lives in your house with you, or is in your support bubble. At the moment this can only be one person.
When you first go into labour
When you first go into labour please contact the Sherwood Birthing Unit for advice. Our midwives will advise you of what to expect when you come in. Please feel free to ask as many questions as you need to whilst you are speaking to our midwives, as we know this will be an anxious time.
If you are coming in to our triage/assessment area your partner can accompany you into the hospital, but may be asked to wait outside triage during the initial assessment. This is because space is very limited in our triage area and we need to maintain social distancing. Sometimes women are able to go home again quite soon after this.
When you are in labour, having a Caesarean section, or you need to remain on the Sherwood Birthing Unit for another reason, your birth partner is welcome to join you. Please do not bring anyone else into hospital with you, including children.
If you are coming in for an induction of labour, your birth partner is able to attend with you, even if this lasts over a number of days. Your partner can remain with you when you move from the induction suite onto Sherwood Birthing Unit.
After the birth – visiting
After your baby is born, including if you have a Caesarean section, you and your birth partner will have some private time together on the Sherwood Birthing Unit. This is usually a few hours. You may be able to go home together from here, and we would encourage you to do this if possible.
Alternatively, mum and baby will be transferred to the maternity ward.
During the national lock down we are asking only birth partners to visit. Birth partners who wish to visit our Maternity Ward will be asked to only visit during two, two hour time slots. We have changed the visiting hours to keep our colleagues, patients and visitors as safe as possible whilst the infection rate for Coronavirus remains high in our area.
Birth partners who wish to visit our maternity ward will be asked to visit during the following times:
- 12noon – 2pm for all rooms and beds with an odd number.
- 4pm – 6pm for all rooms and beds with an even number.
All birth partners who wish to visit the ward must wear surgical masks during their visit. If you are exempt from wearing a face mask, you will be asked to wear a visor, which we will provide.
In order to keep everyone safe and limit the footfall and excessive movement of people around the ward, birth partners are asked if they leave the ward during their allocated visiting slot, to not return until their visiting slot the next day. If you leave the ward during your visit you will not be permitted back onto the ward until the next day. We are also asking visitors to stay by the bed of the person they are visiting in order to keep everyone safe.
We hope you understand that we are doing our very best to manage visiting under difficult circumstances, whilst also keeping our patients, colleagues and visitors as safe as possible, please remember to be kind to our colleagues and treat them with respect, we are all doing our very best to help you and your family during the pandemic.
Some policies may vary slightly at individual GP surgeries and where our own space is limited, particularly at Newark Hospital, in our Pregnancy Day Care area and in the triage area on Sherwood Birthing Unit. We may need to ask partners to wait for a short time elsewhere so that we can maintain social distancing.
When you are discharged, your partner/family member is welcome to come and collect you. Our staff will help you and your baby to meet your partner at the door of the maternity ward.
We are doing our very best to enable families to be together when their baby is born, whilst working to keep everyone safe during the pandemic. Please work with us during this challenging time to help keep everyone safe and provide the best possible care to our patients.
Early Pregnancy Assessment Unit
The Early Pregnancy Assessment Unit (EPU) is situated within the King’s Treatment Centre. The Sherwood Women's Centre at Newark Hospital provides comprehensive facilities for antenatal and postnatal care, including ultrasound.
The maternity unit at King’s Mill Hospital includes the pregnancy day care unit, antenatal clinic, maternity ward (antenatal and postnatal), the Sherwood Birthing Unit and the neonatal unit. The Early Pregnancy Assessment Unit (EPU) is situated within the King’s Treatment Centre. The Sherwood Women's Centre at Newark Hospital provides comprehensive facilities for antenatal and postnatal care, including ultrasound.
We offer a choice of packages of care and birthing options:
- Midwife led care
- Maternity team care
- Home birth
- Hospital birth
- Pool birth
You will be able to discuss these options with your midwife, and consultant (if you have one). Our midwives and doctors provide 24-hour care for the full range of maternity services - during pregnancy, labour and after the birth.
We are committed to supporting women who chose to breast feed and have accreditation under the UNICEF Baby Friendly Initiative. Our Infant Feeding Team provides dedicated support and guidance to mothers who choose to breastfeed.
We also offer the baby hearing test service for your baby before you go home.
Ongoing support once you are home with your baby is provided by your named Community Midwife. Before you leave the hospital or before the midwife leaves your home, if you have had a home birth you will be informed how to contact a midwife should you need one out of normal visiting hours. Visits will take place between 9am-5pm. Subsequent visits will depend on the individual needs of yourself and your baby and will be arranged following discussion with you.
The Sherwood Women's Centre at Newark Hospital provides comprehensive facilities for antenatal and postnatal care, including ultrasound.
Visiting hours for the Birthing Unit and Maternity Ward: Please note that at the moment we are asking that only one birthing partner be allowed on the birthing unit. Birthing partners may visit the Maternity Ward either between 12noon – 2pm for all rooms and beds with an odd number or between 4pm – 6pm for all rooms and beds with an even number. Individual plans will be in place with some families outside of these hours if required. Thank you for your understanding.
Emergency Midwife for King’s Mill and Newark 01623 655722
Sherwood Birthing Unit at King’s Mill 01623 672244
Maternity Ward at King’s Mill 01623 672242
Sherwood Women’s Centre at Newark Hospital 01636 685779
Community Midwife Advice Line (Monday to Friday 9.30am - 4.30pm) 01623 676170
If you are unable to view the maternity services video above please click here to view on the Trust's YouTube channel.
We are proud to support the new campaign led by Tommys and Kicks Count, #movementsmatter, which challenges dangerous myths about baby movement during pregnancy. A short, impactful video has been developed in collaboration with clinicians, charities, and pregnant women. Please follow the link below to the NHS England website where you can also follow a further link to the video on YouTube.
Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Maternity Voices
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