Pregnant women attending outpatient appointments in Forth Valley can now be accompanied by one other person.
Since March, women attending the maternity unit at Forth Valley Royal Hospital in Larbert for antenatal appointments and ultrasound scans were required to do so alone due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
However, from today (Monday) the Scottish Government has allowed health boards to relax some of the restrictions for maternity services.
NHS Forth Valley’s website states: “Women attending the maternity unit are able to be accompanied by one visitor when attending outpatient appointments, including antenatal appointments and ultrasound scans.
"Women in labour can be accompanied by a birth partner (as an essential visitor) and a second birth partner if requested, subject to the need to maintain physical distancing wherever possible.
“Women can identify one designated visitor who will be able to visit them whilst they are in hospital on either the antenatal or postnatal wards. This is in addition to one birth partner (as an essential visitor).”
People are asked not to bring children with them to the hospital or an outpatient appointment without prior discussion with staff.
NHS Forth Valley request no gifts, flowers or balloons are brought into the hospital during visiting to limit the risk of transmission.
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