COVID-19: Information about our maternity service
- Click here to read an update on the COVID-19 Virus Infection and Pregnancy.
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.
Our current visiting guidelines
We believe it is very important that women using our services are able to access the emotional care and support they need from their families and those closest to them as part of their birth experience. To ensure that women using our services can access this support, and at the same time reduce the risk to them, their partners and visitors and our staff from COVID-19, we have the following processes in place for birth partners and visitors to our maternity services.
We are working to open up additional visiting and support for women throughout their birth journey over the coming weeks, so please check this page regularly for updates.
In some cases, visitors will need to have a COVID-19 'lateral flow' test before they can enter the department. You can book a test in Medway here, or elsewhere in Kent here. You can also register for a home test kit here.
Attending Medway Maternity for induction of labour, Caesarean Section and labour care (inpatient care)
- Attending hospital for labour assessment and support
We are happy to support one partner when you attend for assessment of labour. Your partner will be asked to wait outside the unit and will be called in by the midwife when they are ready to see you. Your partner can stay with you during the latent/early phase of labour between 8 am and 8 pm if you are admitted to any of our wards. Your partner, if staying, is asked to remain with you as support and avoid leaving and re-entering the area unnecessarily.
- Induction of labour and early labour care - on the antenatal ward
One birth partner can visit if you have been admitted for early labour or induction of labour on the antenatal ward between 8 am and 8 pm.
- During labour and birth - in the Delivery Suite or The Birth Place
Once transferred to a birthing room for labour care either on Delivery Suite or The Birth Place, you may have two birth partners. We kindly request that one birth partner leaves shortly following the birth, while the other may stay until transfer to the postnatal ward, usually 2-3 hours after birth, if this is within visiting hours they may remain until end of visiting (8 am and 8 pm)
- During elective caesarean section
One birth partner may attend with you and accompany you to theatre and remain with you until you are transferred to the ward following delivery. If this is within visiting hours they may remain until end of visiting (8 am and 8 pm)
- Visiting our maternity wards - Pearl and Kent
One named visitor may attend between 8 am and 8 pm. A second named visitor is permitted to attend between 2 pm and 8 pm. Please note that only one visitor can be present at any time.
Sadly we are unable to support partners staying overnight in the ward areas and children are not permitted.
Attending Antenatal Maternity appointment (Outpatient appointments)
- All Ultrasound Scanning Appointments
You may be accompanied by one support person who has a negative lateral flow test result within 48 hours of the appointment (home/test centre) registered via the NHS Covid Website.
- Hospital Antenatal Clinic Appointments
You may be accompanied by ONE support person who has a negative lateral flow test result within 48 hours of the appointment (home/test centre) registered via the NHS Covid Website
Please show the text message/email you have received from your test as proof of negative result on arrival at the antenatal clinic reception
- Maternity Care Unit (MCU) and Delivery Suite Triage
Please continue to attend unaccompanied.
- Community Antenatal and Postnatal Appointments
Please continue to attend unaccompanied.
Please arrive for your appointment at the time stated. If the department is busy you may be asked to wait outside so that social distancing can maintained.
Please note that no children are currently permitted to visit the maternity department.