Salisbury Foundation Trust


Internal Reference Number: FOI_5804

Date Request Received: 25/08/2020 09:47:58

Date Request Replied To: 22/10/2020 16:06:29

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Request Summary: Maternity services restrictions on partner attendance during COVID-19

Request Category: Health

Question Number 1:
During the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic have you introduced new policies or practices to any of your services relating to maternity care (antenatal, intrapartum, postnatal) which either restrict or completely prohibit partners/parents/birth partners (referred to as ‘partners’ from now on) attending planned or unplanned care because of COVID-19? (Y/N)
If yes, please go to Q2. If no, please go to Q6.
Answer To Question 1:
Question Number 2:
If restrictions have been introduced, please provide brief details of the policy (e.g. number of partners allowed to attend, length of time partners are allowed to attend for) in the relevant section(s) of the table attached.
Answer To Question 2:
Please see attached document. FOI 5804 Q2.docx
Question Number 3:
Do restrictions in place, or related policies/practice, include provision for extenuating circumstances (e.g. mental health conditions, disabilities, pre-term birth, or following deliveries with complications) (Y/N). If yes please provide brief details.
Answer To Question 3:
If there are extenuating circumstances there would be a discussion between the woman and the clinical staff at that time.
Question Number 4:
Please indicate (Y/N) whether the restrictions detailed above were informed by:
● Guidance issued by a professional body (please detail which body)
● Engagement with service users
● Other (please provide brief details)
Answer To Question 4:
Guidance issued by a professional body (Royal College of Midwives and RCOG)
Question Number 5:
Are these restrictions still in place (Y/N)? If not, please provide the date/an estimate of the date when they were removed.
Answer To Question 5:
Yes still in place under constant review
Question Number 6:
Please provide details of any firm plans in place to introduce new restrictions on partner attendance at maternity services (e.g. in the event of a local lockdown, in the event of a major 2nd wave).
Answer To Question 6:
We would revert back to our agreed plan that happened in Phase 1 and 2 and adjust accordingly to government guidance
Please see attachments:
FOI 5804 Q2.docx
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