In these challenging circumstances, our maternity services are here to support you. See below a range of information based on frequently asked questions we have received from those expecting a baby, and their families.

It is our priority as part of the East Lancashire Hospitals Family Care Division to keep all new parents and infants safe following the COVID-19 outbreak.

COVID-19 symptoms and shielding

If you are experiencing any of the COVID-19 symptoms below, please contact your community midwife to postpone or re-book your antenatal clinic appointments or scans until your isolation period is over, in line with national guidance:

  • A new, continuous cough
  • ​A high temperature or fever
  • A loss of, or change to, your normal sense of taste or smell

The most recent guidance for pregnancy and shielding and FAQ’s can be found here.

 
Content last updated 21 July 2020.

Antenatal clinic appointments

All antenatal outpatient appointments at Burnley General Teaching Hospital, Royal Blackburn Teaching Hospital and East Lancashire community midwifery clinics are still taking place.

It may be that your appointment is carried out over the phone. If this is the case for you, the Trust will contact you directly to let you know. If you are not contacted regarding this, please attend your booked antenatal clinic appointment or scan as normal.

Whilst attending your appointment, please be assured that all necessary health and safety precautions, in-line with national guidance, have been implemented. Face masks are available for you to wear as a patient when required (your midwife or doctor will advise you about this when you attend your appointment)/

Currently, those who are pregnant must attend antenatal clinic appointments and scans alone, in line with Government guidance.

 

Content last updated 3 June 2020.

Ultrasound scans

Our staff understand the psychological and emotional aspects of a pregnancy ultrasound. However, in light of the COVID-19 outbreak, it is important to ensure that the clinical aspect of the examination is not impeded.

Currently, expectant mums must attend all antenatal clinic appointments and scans alone, in line with Government guidance, with the exception of the 20-week scan (see below). If you are accompanied by someone, they must not enter the hospital building. To help stop the spread of the virus only expectant mothers are permitted to wait in the waiting room.

Unfortunately, this also includes 'virtual attendance' through online video calls such as FaceTime and Skype, or the filming of the examination. The official guidance regarding this is available here.

The Trust is able to offer two printed scan photographs, which will be given to you free of charge following your ultrasound scan.


Effective from Monday 13 July, partners will be able to accompany pregnant people to their 20 week antenatal anomaly scan only. This will be limited to one partner per pregnant person who must be from the same household or your nominated birthing partner. Children will not be permitted in line with the hospital visiting policy.

Please note that due to capacity and demand, we will be unable to rearrange appointments that are scheduled before this date.

Face masks must be worn by everyone including staff and visitors; these are provided at the entrance to the hospital. Social distancing must be adhered to.

You or your partner must not currently have, or in the seven days prior to the scan:

  • A new, continuous cough
  • ​A high temperature or fever
  • A loss of, or change to, your normal sense of taste or smell
  • Living with someone who is isolating or has ​COVID-19 symptom​s

If you, your partner, or anyone you live with have symptoms or have tested positive for COVID-19 then please contact your midwife for advice before attending your appointment.

Please see below further details regarding the measures we have put in place to keep your baby, you, your partner, our other patients and our staff as safe as possible during this time:

At Burnley General Teaching Hospital

Partners will enter the hospital with you via the main doors. Your partner will be provided with an orange laminated slip by the security personnel so that staff can be made aware that they are attending for the 20 week anomaly scan.

Partners will then be asked to wait outside the main building by the ambulance access until you are ready to call them in via text or telephone call to go in for your scan. You will be asked if you or your partner have any symptoms.

On entering the room, there will be designated chairs for partners in order to maintain maximum social distance. On completion of the scan, your partner will leave and wait for you outside at the ambulance entrance/exit.

At Royal Blackburn Teaching Hospital

This will be the same process as above but partners will enter at entrance B (entrance for the Grane Restaurant) and then wait on the chairs outside of antenatal clinic until called in for the scan.

Content last updated 21 July 2020.

Visitor guidance

Currently, visiting is not permitted, with two exceptions.

1. A nominated birth partner may accompany a person in active labour. 

Children should not attend the hospital setting with their mothers for any routine appointments or scans. They are also unable to visit siblings on the Post Natal ward.

2. Partners will be able to visit mothers and their babies on the Postnatal Ward, at Burnley General Teaching Hospital. This will be limited to one nominated partner per mother, for one hour per day, between 6pm - 7pm.

The mother will identify their nominated partner upon admission to the ward and inform staff of the relevant details required. Children will not be permitted in line with the hospital visiting policy.

Please note that all visiting partners will be expected to fully comply with current hospital guidance.

This change applies to the Postnatal Ward at Burnley General Teaching Hospital ONLY. All other areas of our hospitals remain unchanged, and the current visitor restrictions still apply.

Face masks must be worn by everyone including staff and visitors; these are provided at the entrance to the hospital.

Social distancing and government guidance must be adhered to.

Partners must not attend the ward if they have any of the following COVID-19 symptoms:

  • A new, continuous cough
  • A high temperature
  • A loss of, or change to, your normal sense of taste or smell
  • Or you are living with someone who has symptoms or has tested positive for COVID-19

Security personnel and ward staff will monitor admission to both the hospital and the ward area for nominated visitors. Visitors must adhere to our guidance at East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust at all times, or visiting will not be permitted. These guidelines are in place to protect our patients, staff and community, we appreciate your continued support.


Access to Lancashire Women and Newborn Centre (LWNC)
Due to the entry and exit restrictions, women in labour and their birth partners are required to enter via the ambulance entrance of the LWNC building.

 

Content last updated 23 July 2020.

Maternity service changes

Monday 27 July
We are pleased to announce that from Monday 27 July partners will be able to visit mothers and their babies on the Postnatal Ward, at Burnley General Teaching Hospital. This will be limited to one nominated partner per mother for one hour per day between 6pm - 7pm.

The mother will identify their nominated partner upon admission to the ward and inform staff of the relevant details required. Children will not be permitted in line with the hospital visiting policy.

Please note that all visiting partners will be expected to fully comply with current hospital guidance.

This change applies to the Postnatal Ward at Burnley General Teaching Hospital ONLY. All other areas of our hospitals remain unchanged, and the current visitor restrictions still apply.

Face masks must be worn by everyone including staff and visitors; these are provided at the entrance to the hospital. Social distancing and government guidance must be adhered to.

Partners must not attend the ward if they have any of the following COVID-19 symptoms:

  • A new, continuous cough
  • A high temperature
  • A loss of, or change to, your normal sense of taste or smell
  • Or you are living with someone who has symptoms or has tested positive for COVID-19

Security personnel and ward staff will monitor admission to both the hospital and the ward area for nominated visitors. Visitors must adhere to our guidance at East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust at all times, or visiting will not be permitted.

These guidelines are in place to protect our patients, staff and community, we appreciate your continued support.

Monday 13 July 

From Monday 13 July, partners will be able to accompany pregnant people to their 20 week antenatal anomaly scan only. This will be limited to one partner per pregnant person who must be from the same household or your nominated birthing partner. Children will not be permitted in line with the hospital visiting policy. Full details can be found at the top of this page. 

Thursday 18 June
Rossendale Birth Centre will reopen for births on Thursday 18 June. Those with a low-risk pregnancy can book to have their baby at the centre via their Community Midwife, or by contacting Burnley Birth Centre (01282 803434).

The Centre is run by an on-call midwifery system, so there may be rare occassions that the births at the Centre are not available due to additional community activity, such as home births.


Monday 15 June
Community antenatal/postnatal clinics at Rossendale Birth Centre will recommence from Monday 15 June.

Haslingden Children's Centre Clinics will continue to run from inside the main Rawtenstall Primary Care Centre (Rawtenstall Hub) until further notice.


Thursday 23 April
The Trust will resume the Maternity Home Birth service, from Monday 27 April 2020. 

Community Midwives will also be informing those currently within their care that this service is available. 

If you are currently 36 weeks pregnant and wish to have a home birth, please contact your Community Midwife so that appropriate plans and support can be put in place.


Friday 15 May
Blackburn Birth Centre will  re-open for pregnant people to attend in labour, and give birth, from Monday 18 May at 8am.

- The Birth Centre is run by midwives who will be able to provide one-to-one support.

- If you are considering having your baby at Blackburn Birth Centre, please discuss this with your midwife or call the Birth Centre directly for more information.

- The Trust’s visiting restrictions still apply.

- Please ensure you telephone the Birth Centre in the first instance, so that the midwives are aware of your arrival and that the Birth Centre has the capacity to support your care.


Rossendale Birth Centre is currently not providing maternity services. Antenatal clinics in Rossendale are taking place adjacent to the birth centre in the Rossendale Primary Care Centre.


All other maternity services continue as normal.

 

Content last updated 19 June 2020.

Community clinics

Following several changes to community midwifery care within the Trust and the facilities we have within the community setting, the following changes to community clinics will continue throughout the summer.

As several Children's Centre's closed at the start of lockdown we have had to facilitate movement of these clinics to other areas in order to continue providing antenatal and postnatal care effectively. The community midwives have been making daily contact with those who are affected by these changes but please see further information below regarding the locations of some of the clinics with the Pendle/Burnley/Rossendale Areas.

Barnoldswick Children's Centre - All dates and appointment times remain the same but the location is now the Rainhall Centre, Rainhall Road, Barnoldswick.

Colne Children's Centre - This clinic is now running from Colne Health Centre all day on a Monday, all day on a Tuesday, and half a day on Wednesday and Thursday. Please still ring the booking line for an appointment and then a midwife will contact you the week before to inform of the change in location and if any change to the time or date is required.

Ightenhill Children's Centre - All dates and appointment times remain the same but the location of the clinic is now at South West Children's Centre, Tay Street, Burnley.

Family Tree Children's centre 

- Monday Clinic - All dates and appointment times remain the same but the location of the clinic is now at South West Children's Centre, Tay Street, Burnley.
As these are booking appointments (first appointments), the midwife will attempt to contact you before your appointment to complete some of the booking over the phone to reduce the time required for a face to face appointment.

- Tuesday Clinic - This clinic is now held on a Wednesday but all appointment times will remain the same and the location will be South West Children's Centre, Tay Street, Burnley.

Whitefield Children's Centre - All dates and appointment times remain the same but the location of the clinic is now at the Chai Centre, Hurtley Street, Burnley.

Chai Centre - Remains open, no changes

Haslingden Children's Centre - All dates and appointment times remain the same but the location is now at Rawtenstall Primary Care Centre, Bacup Road, Rossendale.

Maden Children's Centre - Remains open, no changes

 

Content last updated 19 June 2020.

Anxiety and concerns

You may be worried and have lots of questions at this time. Tommy's mental wellbeing page has some useful advice for  taking care of yourself before, during and after pregnancy.