COVID restrictions around maternity services at Rotherham Hospital have now relaxed “slightly”, say the trust.
Throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, there have been restrictions on visitors across all hospital services, with a few exceptional circumstances where it was recognised visitors should not be excluded.
“As a result we maintained partners being present during labour and birth,” said Dr Richard Jenkins, chief executive of The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust.
“We have continually reviewed our restrictions, in line with national guidance, to ensure we balance patient experience with the safety of our patients and staff, which remains a priority. These reviews also take into account the physical environment, the risk to the patients and the local and national infection rate.
“We have now slightly relaxed our restrictions for our maternity services by allowing one nominated partner to the foetal anomaly scans and for a one hour visit to the antenatal and postnatal ward, following national guidance and after a thorough review of the clinical space and precautions necessary to facilitate this.
“We are continuing to monitor local infection rates, national and local restrictions and advice which may result in a review of any changes to our visitor restrictions we have made so far and those that we make in the future.”