Visiting New Mums & Babies
It is requested that persons with coughs, colds or anyone who has been in contact directly or indirectly with infectious diseases, should not visit the department because of the risk of cross infection.
Please do not visit if you are unwell and for 48 hours after diarrhea or vomiting.
Hand hygiene gel is available at the entrance to each ward and ward bay. Please take care to supervise children at all times to avoid splashing into the face.
Help us to prevent infections spreading: clean your hands campaign.
Shere Ward Visitors
We welcome visitors and families to meet the new baby but please be mindful that birth is a tiring process and everyone needs their rest. For this reason visiting hours and numbers of visitors is strictly enforced. Keep visits short and meaningful and be mindful of other mums so keep noise down in the bays.
Only 2 visitors per bed space at any one time and siblings are the only children under 12 we allow on the ward.
Partners and siblings are welcome to visit from 9am – 9pm, though partners are welcome to stay overnight, please see information here.
Open visiting is welcome from 3pm – 8pm
General Information on Maternity Unit Visiting Times
Once you reach us on Level G, there is a secure entry system. Press the buzzer and wait to be admitted.
This is to ensure the safety of newborn babies. Please don’t allow anyone who is not in your group to enter unless permitted by the Reception staff.
Visiting Times for Partners
24 hrs, Birthing Partner only.
There is open visiting on the antenatal and postnatal wards for partners only
We operate a protected meal time between 1200 -1300.
Other visitors will be asked to avoid visiting during this time.
Visiting Times for all other Visitors
Delivery Suite: Birthing Partners only
Antenatal (St Catherine’s) Ward:
1000am – 1200pm
3pm – 8pm
Postnatal (Shere) Ward:
3pm – 8pm
Due to limited space and to maintain the comfort of the mother and her new born baby we respectfully ask that there are only 2 visitors at a time, please, per bedside.
Only a mother’s own children may visit, accompanied by an adult. Other children must be over 12 years.
Responsibility cannot be taken for the loss of any valuable items, money or personal effects brought into hospital. It is therefore requested that valuables be kept at/or taken home. Following the birth of a baby we understand that relatives and friends are keen to visit, but it is so important to have time to adjust to being a parent and also to have rest and support in the first few days, to establish feeding and to feel confident to take your baby home. These visiting hours allow time for more Parentcraft, Breastfeeding Support and to maintain standards on the wards in relation to cleanliness and reduction of cross-infection.
Mobile phones MUST be kept on silent. Visitors are not permitted to use mobiles phones on the Maternity Unit and will be asked to put them away. This is for the safety, security and privacy of our mums and babies.