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Visiting times and information

Delivery Suite and Birth Centres (Leicester Royal and Leicester General Hospital)

You can have two named birth partners who can be with you at any time.

Maternity Assessment Unit (MAU) and Antenatal Clinic (Leicester Royal and Leicester General Hospital)

You are able to bring one person with you if you need to visit these areas. These areas are busy and there is only a small seating area. The rooms where you will have your pregnancy scans are small with large equipment. Please note that children are not able to attend these areas for these reasons.

Antenatal and Postnatal wards: Ward 5, Ward 6 (Leicester Royal) and Ward 30 (Leicester General Hospital)

You are able to have your two chosen birth partners with you between 9am and midnight. You can also have your own children visit you during this time. Your children must be looked after by an adult visitor at all times.

Other Visitors: Between the hours of 2pm to 4pm and 6pm to 8pm you can have two visitors. Visitors can swap during this time, keeping to two in total. It is important that other people on the ward have their privacy during this time. We ask that swapping of visitors is reduced to reduce any infection risks.

Please note University Hospitals of Leicester are actively working with the Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland Maternity and Neonatal Voices Partnership to extend visiting times for birthing partners.

Neonatal Unit

Parents/Guardians are able to be with their baby at any time on the Neonatal Unit. You will be asked to decide on four named visitors. Two named visitors can visit your baby between 12pm and 8pm each day. One parent must be present when there is a visitor present.

St Mary’s Birth Centre

If you are having your baby at St Mary’s Birth Centre, you are able to have two birth partners with you.

If you are staying at St Mary’s Birth Centre after the birth of your baby, one of your birth partners and your own/step children can be with you between 9am and 9pm.

Another two visitors can attend between the hours of 2pm to 4pm and 7pm to 9pm. Visitors can swap during this time, keeping to two in total due to the available space. We ask that swapping of visitors is reduced to reduce any infection risks.

Specific Requests

At both hospitals, personal situations will be reviewed. If you have a specific request, please speak to the Ward Manager or Midwife in Charge. You may also wish to put this into your personalised care and support plan, which your community midwife will be able to advise you on.

If a visitor or support partner has a positive test or have symptoms of COVID, they should not visit the hospital. Please use hand gels or wash hands. If you have any concerns, please speak to your midwife.

Guidance is subject to change depending on local levels of COVID infections.

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Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust runs a confidential secure text messaging service for parents of children aged 0-19 years called Chat Health. The service operates Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm, excluding bank holidays. All texts will be responded to by a public health nurse (health visitor/school nurse) within 24 hours. Outside of the service working hours, you’ll receive a message back to inform you that your text will be responded to once the line reopens.

Should you require urgent health advice in the meantime, please contact your GP, visit an NHS walk-in centre or call NHS 111. For emergencies, dial 999 or visit A&E.

Page last reviewed: 26-01-2024

Next review due: 26-01-2027