Hospital information

COVID-19: Information about our maternity service

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  • Click here to read a message from our Maternity Unit with links to frequently asked questions to help support and inform you.

Our maternity service is one of the largest in Kent, delivering around 5,000 babies a year. This comprises of obstetric led care on the Delivery Suite and midwife-led care on The Birth Place, as well as actively supporting home birth for women with uncomplicated pregnancies. Women and their partners giving birth at our Trust are offered personalised, support to help them to have the best possible experience of pregnancy, delivery and recovery period. Maternity is available by using our self-referral form in this section.

We know that pregnancy can be a positive but challenging life experience for women and their partners, with new decisions and questions to confront, and that this can feel overwhelming. We hope that the information in this section helps you to make informed choices so that you are able to make the most of your experience. Our team is available to talk with you and answer any questions you may have at any stage of your pregnancy.

Our current visiting guidelines

When staying on the Maternity wards you may have one nominated visitor/birth partner. The visitor will be given a wrist band in the area the woman has been admitted to and must be the only visitor for the duration of the woman's stay. It is not permitted to swap the wrist bands between visitors.

The visitor must wear a mask at all times whilst in the hospital and will be subject to a temperature check upon arrival and contact details taken for track and trace purposes.

All visitors must be symptom free and not under any self-isolation conditions.

Induction of labour and early labour care (Pearl Ward)

Birth partners can visit if you have been admitted for early labour or induction of labour on the antenatal ward between 9am and 7pm

Elective Caesarean Section (Kent Ward)

When attending for an elective caesarean section your named visitor may attend and wait on the ward and accompany you to theatre. On return to the ward following delivery, ward visiting hours apply

Labour Care (The Birth Place and Delivery Suite)

Once admitted to a birthing room your nominated birth partner can remain with you until transfer to the postnatal ward.

Postnatal and other Antenatal care (Kent Ward And Pearl Ward)

The same partner can visit until discharge from the ward  between 2pm and 7pm.

No partners are able to stay overnight on any ward other than for accompanying women in active Labour.

Curtains should remain closed around beds in bays whilst visiting to maintain a physical distance between visitors.

NO visitor / partner to attend scan or any antenatal appointments.

NO children permitted in the maternity department.