Lateral flow antigen testing for pregnant women and support people

To keep all pregnant women, people in labour and their support people safe while using maternity services during the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, we are asking women and their support people to take a lateral flow test the day before their routine appointment. 

You can find out how to do a lateral flow test and how to order one here

Testing twice a week is recommended. 

  • If you and your support person both have negative results - please attend your appointment as normal
  • If you have a positive result - please call your maternity team before your appointment, so we can plan your care following local guidelines
  • If you have a negative result and your support person has a positive result - please call your maternity team before your appointment for advice. Your support person must stay home and follow government guidance. If we ask you to come into hospital, you can bring an alternative support person with you, as long as they have a negative test result

Recording your test results

When you come into hospital, we will ask you for the date, time and result of your last lateral flow test and will record this in your notes. We will also ask your support person for the date, time and result of their last lateral flow test and record this.

Please note: if you cannot provide proof of your lateral flow test result this does not mean we will not see you but we ask you and your support person to do the tests to help us keep our staff and everyone using our maternity services safe during the pandemic. Thank you for your support.

Covid-19 vaccination during pregnancy

The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) advises that pregnant women have the Covid-19 vaccination in pregnancy.

Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are the preferred vaccines for pregnant women of any age who are having their first dose.

Anyone who has already had the first vaccination and is offered a second dose while pregnant should have a second dose with the same vaccine unless they had a serious side effect after the first dose. Click here to find out more.

When you have been contacted to book your Covid-19 vaccination, you can do so by visiting the National Booking System here.

Further information on the Covid-19 vaccination is available in other languages here and accessible formats including British Sign Language here.

Download the Mum & Baby app for links to the latest government information on Covid-19 and pregnancy. It is available for download on Apple and Android devices — just search 'mum & baby' in your app store.

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