Current COVID-19 restrictions


Thank you so much for your support and understand throughout this pandemic with the restrictions and requirements that have had to be put in place due to COVID-19. We are all looking forward to a time when things can get back to normal, but our focus always has to be on keeping everyone safe. Below is a short summary of the current restrictions. We realise that these measures may be upsetting to some, however please be assured that the team at the Royal Devon and Exeter are here to provide support to mums and their babies; especially if they need some extra help. Attending antenatal appointments is considered to be essential travel, and we urge you to continue to attend all appointments. If you or a family member are displaying COVID symptoms, please call us before setting off.

Visiting Restrictions

From 1 June 2021, the RD&E is asking all pregnant women and their support person (eg. partner) to self-test for COVID-19 twice a week using a Lateral Flow Device (LFD) at home.

These tests can be obtained free of charge online or can be collected from a local pharmacy. Please see for details.

The tests are simple to complete and the results need to be registered at:

This will then generate an email and text message confirming the result. This will need to be shown when attending appointments.

With a COVID-19 negative result and no symptoms of COVID-19, your support person will be able to accompany you to: 

  • Maternity Ultrasound Scans, including growth scans and rescans
  • Midwifery/Consultant Appointments in Antenatal Clinic at Royal Devon and Exeter (Wonford) Hospital
  • Antenatal/Postnatal appointments within community settings - please note this may be subject to adequate waiting space within certain settings and the support person may be asked to wait in their car/outside
  • Antenatal/Postnatal ward:
    • Induction of Labour - between the hours of 0800-2000 and if further support needed
    • Postnatal - one support person during the allocated time slots: 0900-1300, 1300-1600, 1600-2000
  • Labour - one support person for the duration of labour on labour ward/birth centre

This nominated support person should be the only person who visits throughout the inpatient stay. Appointments to visit must be made by contacting 01392 406688.

More details are in the LFD Testing For Women and Support Partners Accessing Maternity Services leaflet, available below.

Other information

  • Face coverings must be worn at all times whilst attending appointments (unless exempt) and hands should be cleaned with alcohol gel/washed regularly
  • You may be required to wear additional personal protective equipment (PPE)
  • Children are not permitted to attend any of the maternity settings

Please help us work together to keep everyone safe.


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