FAQs for maternity supporters
Where can I get a lateral flow test?
- Since 9 April 2021 everyone in England has been able to take a rapid lateral flow COVID-19 test.
- You can get a test from a local pharmacy or order online to have a test kit delivered to you at home.
- Find out more on the government website which has information on how and where to obtain your rapid flow lateral test kit and how to carry out your test.
What happens if I don’t wish to take a lateral flow test?
- Please be assured that this will not affect your ability to attend in labour or for a planned elective caesarean section.
- Unfortunately, you will not be able to attend antenatal or postnatal appointments or ward visits because we are unable to ensure safe social distancing in these areas.
What happens if my partner goes into labour and I haven’t had time to take a test?
- You will still be able to support your partner through labour and birth or for a planned elective caesarean section.
- Following birth, if your partner is transferred to a postnatal ward we will need evidence of a negative lateral flow test result before you can visit her on the ward.
What happens if my lateral flow test is positive?
- Unfortunately, you will not be able to attend any areas of the maternity service and will be required to self-isolate in line with government guidance.
- An alternative supporter can be nominated instead.
What if I am symptomatic and awaiting a PCR swab result?
- Unfortunately, you will not be able to attend any areas of the maternity service and will be required to self-isolate in line with government guidance until a result is received.
- If the result is negative you will be permitted to attend.
- If the result is positive an alternative supporter with proof of a negative test can be nominated instead.
According to government guidelines, I should be self-isolating, can I still attend?
You will be asked to undertake a lateral flow test. If the test is positive or you decline to take a lateral flow test, please see the notes above.
I have tested positive for COVID-19 within the last 90 days and so am unable to take a lateral flow test, what can I do?
- Please provide evidence of the date you received your positive test result.
- If, according to government guidelines, you have completed your period of self-isolation and do not have a continued high temperature:
- You will still be able to support your partner through labour and birth or for elective caesarean section.
- You will be able to accompany your partner to appointments and visit on the antenatal and postnatal ward.
Can I attend community based antenatal appointments?
This will depend upon where the appointment takes place. If this appointment is due to take place in a GP surgery or children’s centre any local restrictions that apply to that venue will need to be adhered t