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 at home. Click here for more details.

The current visiting restrictions are:

  • One support person can accompany pregnant women to any scan or hospital antenatal consultant appointment. Please continue to attend community midwifery antenatal and postnatal appointments alone.
  • If a woman is being induced, they can have a partner with them between the hours of 8am to 8pm - our staff will continue to contact partners and ask them to attend the unit if, due to pain or distress, support is required outside of these times
  • If a woman is attending triage in labour, one support person can accompany women when they are being cared for in established labour on the Birth Centre, Labour Ward or if attending for an elective caesarean section, until transfer to a postnatal ward.
  • Unless in labour, please continue to attend triage appointments alone.

For inpatients on the ante/postnatal ward, one nominated support person can be with you during one of the following time slots:

  • 09.00 – 13.00
  • 13.00 – 16.00
  • 16.00 – 20.00

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. Please note that children cannot visit at this time.

Face Coverings

It is important that you wear a face covering if you are attending any appointments, scans, or have been asked to come in to maternity triage (unless you are exempt from doing so). You may bring your own face covering or one will be provided for you. Birth partners will be expected to wear face coverings whilst in the hospital as far as is reasonably practical. We appreciate the need for partners to eat, drink and give mum a celebratory kiss!

Women in labour will not be expected to wear face coverings. If you are admitted to hospital for any reason, we ask that you wear a face covering as much as possible.

Please help us work together to keep everyone safe.


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