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COVID-19 Changes to Maternity Services
Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has confirmed that visiting restrictions in maternity services have been relaxed further.
Two birthing partners per woman/birthing person now welcomed on our delivery suites and Midwifery Led Birthing Units (MLBU).
One partner can accompany a pregnant women/person for the entirety of their antenatal appointments.
Visiting restrictions on our triage, antenatal and postnatal wards across both our maternity units (Bedford and the Luton and Dunstable Hospitals) have also changed.
Visiting slots are now as follows:
- 8am to 9.30pm – birth partners only
- 3pm to 5.30pm – two visitors per woman/birthing person (this includes the birth partner and one other – both need to stay the same)
- 7pm to 8.30pm – two visitors per woman/birthing person (this includes the birth partner and one other – both need to stay the same)
We are unable to facilitate children visiting or visitors/supporters overnight at this time.
We know this additional relaxing of restrictions will be welcome news to women/birthing people and their support partners. This change is applicable to both Bedford Hospital and the Luton and Dunstable University Hospital maternity units.
We kindly remind all partners to wear a surgical face mask at all times whilst in the hospital.
We have to be extremely careful about our visiting restrictions, especially when there are higher incidences of COVID-19 cases locally. As such, it is important to note that this further relaxing of restrictions could change at short notice if it becomes unsafe to continue. We do still need to be mindful that coronavirus is still with us and there are precautions that we still need to adhere to, to not only protect patients but to also protect our staff, keep them well so they can continue to provide safe and essential quality patient care.
For further information on changes due to COVID-19 please visit the maternity COVID-19 webpages.