Screening birth partners during induction of labour

From Monday 8 February, birth partners attending to support mothers during the induction of labour will be tested for COVID-19.

To ensure the safety of our patients and staff and minimise any potential for cross-infection, you will be asked to undertake a rapid screening process known as the ‘Abbott Test’. This consists of a nasal swab and takes approximately 20 minutes for the results to be returned. It is completely painless and helps to protect mother, baby and attending clinicians.

The test will be undertaken safely at the ward doors and you will then be asked to wait in your vehicle or the building’s foyer until you are contacted with the result.  You will also be asked specific questions about COVID-19.

  • If the test is negative, you will be given access to the ward whilst the induction process is commenced and for up to four hours following this.
  • If the test is positive, unfortunately will have to deny access to the ward and you will be asked to isolate in your own home as per national guidance. Colleagues will endeavour to keep you up-to-date with mother and baby.
  • If you choose to decline the test, you will only be allowed to stay on the ward for two hours as per current visiting hours.

Please do not attend if you have any symptoms of COVID-19, or are a contact of a confirmed COVID-19 positive person and have been instructed to stay at home.

We thank you for your understanding and patience whilst we work to secure our hospitals and ensure they are as safe as possible for both our patients and colleagues.