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COVID-19 Changes to Maternity Services
Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has confirmed from the 29 November 2021, visiting restrictions in maternity services will be relaxed further. One partner will now be allowed to visit for four hours on our postnatal wards.
We know this additional relaxing of restrictions will be welcome news to women/birthing people and their support partners as they will now have more time together to have that much needed support. This change is applicable to both Bedford Hospital and the Luton and Dunstable University Hospital maternity units.
We kindly remind all visiting partners to our postnatal wards:
- Only one partner allowed to visit which needs to be pre-booked with the ward
- Take a Lateral Flow Test (LFT) before attending the hospital to visit, and show proof of a negative result before you enter the ward
- Wear a surgical face mask at all times whilst in the hospital.
When there are higher incidences of COVID cases locally we have to be extremely careful about lifting visiting restrictions. As such, it’s important to note that this further relaxing of restrictions could change at short notice if it becomes unsafe to continue. We still do need to limit the footfall on both hospital sites 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.