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Please see this update from Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust about updates to Lateral Flow Tests, which will now be required to be completed within 24 hours of attending maternity services- ‘’Please share: From 6 August, we will require birth supporters and visitors to our Maternity services and Neonatal Unit to provide evidence of a negative COVID rapid lateral flow test within the last 24 hours. The implementation of Lateral Flow testing in Maternity in May allowed us to open up some restrictions to visiting and access to these services at our hospitals.Until now, we have been asking birth supporters accompanying someone in labour, as well as visitors to our Maternity Ward and Neonatal Unit, to conduct testing every three to four days and provide evidence of a negative test within 72 hours.However, increasing rates of COVID infections in younger age groups means that from 6 August, we will require evidence of test results within the last 24 hours when people visit Maternity and Neonatal services.You can order rapid swab tests from the NHS website or pick up from your local pharmacy before reporting the results: www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/testing/regular-rapid-coronavirus-tests-if-you-do-not-...These measures are intended to keep people safe, especially since COVID infection can pose a greater threat in pregnancy.Everyone attending our hospitals, including visitors, is still required to wear a mask and adhere to social distancing and hand hygiene requirements, as well as complying with the requests of our staff to do so. The visiting pages on our website will be updated to reflect this change on 6 August. We realise that this will require additional stocks of test kits, so this is being communicated now to allow people time to order or collect sufficient tests.This information is also on our website: www.gloshospitals.nhs.uk/about-us/news-media/press-releases-statements/increased-frequency-of-lat...Gloucestershire Maternity Voices’’Please share: From 6 August, we will require birth supporters and visitors to our Maternity services and Neonatal Unit to provide evidence of a negative COVID rapid lateral flow test within the last 24 hours. The implementation of Lateral Flow testing in Maternity in May allowed us to open up some restrictions to visiting and access to these services at our hospitals.Until now, we have been asking birth supporters accompanying someone in labour, as well as visitors to our Maternity Ward and Neonatal Unit, to conduct testing every three to four days and provide evidence of a negative test within 72 hours.However, increasing rates of COVID infections in younger age groups means that from 6 August, we will require evidence of test results within the last 24 hours when people visit Maternity and Neonatal services.You can order rapid swab tests from the NHS website or pick up from your local pharmacy before reporting the results: www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/testing/regular-rapid-coronavirus-tests-if-you-do-not-...These measures are intended to keep people safe, especially since COVID infection can pose a greater threat in pregnancy.Everyone attending our hospitals, including visitors, is still required to wear a mask and adhere to social distancing and hand hygiene requirements, as well as complying with the requests of our staff to do so. The visiting pages on our website will be updated to reflect this change on 6 August. We realise that this will require additional stocks of test kits, so this is being communicated now to allow people time to order or collect sufficient tests.This information is also on our website: www.gloshospitals.nhs.uk/about-us/news-media/press-releases-statements/increased-frequency-of-lat...Gloucestershire Maternity Voices ... See MoreSee Less
Please share: From 6 August, we will require birth supporters and visitors to our Maternity services and Neonatal Unit to provide evidence of a negative COVID rapid lateral flow test within the last 24 hours. The implementation of Lateral Flow testing in Maternity in May allowed us to open up some restrictions to visiting and access to these services at our hospitals.Until now, we have been asking birth supporters accompanying someone in labour, as well as visitors to our Maternity Ward and Neonatal Unit, to conduct testing every three to four days and provide evidence of a negative test within 72 hours.However, increasing rates of COVID infections in younger age groups means that from 6 August, we will require evidence of test results within the last 24 hours when people visit Maternity and Neonatal services.You can order rapid swab tests from the NHS website or pick up from your local pharmacy before reporting the results: www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/testing/regular-rapid-coronavirus-tests-if-you-do-not-...These measures are intended to keep people safe, especially since COVID infection can pose a greater threat in pregnancy.Everyone attending our hospitals, including visitors, is still required to wear a mask and adhere to social distancing and hand hygiene requirements, as well as complying with the requests of our staff to do so. The visiting pages on our website will be updated to reflect this change on 6 August. We realise that this will require additional stocks of test kits, so this is being communicated now to allow people time to order or collect sufficient tests.This information is also on our website: www.gloshospitals.nhs.uk/about-us/news-media/press-releases-statements/increased-frequency-of-lat...Gloucestershire Maternity Voices ... See MoreSee Less

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Gloucestershire Maternity Voices
Come and join us as we talk to local health professionals, infant feeding supporters and mums about infant feeding and the support available locally.Feel free to post your questions in advance and we will do our best to get them answered ... See MoreSee Less
The Royal College of Midwifes has a series of webinars for midwives and pregnant people, to help you make an informed decision about vaccinations. Scroll down on the weblink to find a video just about vaccinations and pregnancy.Are you supporting pregnant women make an informed choice on the vaccine? Take a look at our webinar on the vaccine and pregnancy for midwives and MSWs: www.rcm.org.uk/guidance-for-maternity-staff/ ... See MoreSee Less
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