Visiting restrictions for maternity and paediatric services

A support person can attend the Day Assessment Unit with you at all times.

Please try to avoid bringing children with you wherever possible due to the clinical nature of some offers of care and also the potential for prolonged waits.

You must not visit if you have any of these symptoms

  • New continuous cough
  • High temperature
  • Changes to your sense of taste or smell
  • If you have any of these symptoms you must say at home and go online or call NHS 119 to arrange a COVID-19 test.

COVID-19 testing for maternity visiting and appointments

From the beginning of pregnancy, all partners or support person must commence twice weekly COVID-19 testing to enable approved visiting and attendance at appointments

Pregnant women and people can have one support partner with them at:

  • early pregnancy unit appointments
  • all maternity scan appointments including growth scans
  • all antenatal clinic appointments (Community and hospital)
  • all Community Postnatal appointments
  • day assessment visits
  • throughout labour in Delivery suite and birth centres
  • Wheal Fortune (Transitional Care), subject to individual approval, between 2-5pm every day
  • Wheal Rose, your midwife will discuss with you further on the day or please phone the night before if you have a planned admission booked.

There may be limitations in visiting which differ from day to day and to protect everyone a daily risk assessment will take place on Wheal Rose each day.

To ensure everyone can stay safe;

  • all partners are asked to wear a mask at appointments and while moving around the building (unless exempt)
  • we ask that partners have a COVID-19 lateral flow test prior to visiting on the wards. You can go to a local test site, collect tests from a pharmacy or test site, or order them online. You can find your nearest site on the NHS England website or by calling 119. Visitors must report their result here before coming to the hospital.
  • we will open windows to allow for extra ventilation during visiting times, please ask a staff member for extra blankets for yourself or your baby if required.
  • partners may be asked to wait outside especially in settings with limited waiting room.
  • please follow the guidance given by staff on the day of your appointment. The guidance will differ slightly depending on where you are having your appointment.


One parent at any time and both parents to be present in the event of a critically ill child.

Ward and birth unit visiting information

Please check the page for the ward or birth unit you intend to visit for visiting arrangements.

Our hospitals

Please see the hospital pages on the main hospital website for directions, facilities, maps, and accessibility information for each of our three hospital sites:

Page last reviewed: 19 April 2023

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