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

  • One partner is able to attend the dating (12 week) and anomaly (20 week) scans
  • If a woman is being cared for in a birth centre, labour ward or in theatre, they can have one partner with them - this is usually when they are in labour, having a caesarean, or in the immediate post-natal period
  • If a woman is being induced, they can have a partner with them between the hours of 09:00-17:00 (9am-5pm)
  • Our staff will continue to contact partners and ask them to attend the unit if, due to pain or distress, support is required
  • Once transferred to the postnatal ward, partners may book a one-hour visiting slot per day between 16:00-19:00 (4pm-7pm)

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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