Partners of pregnant women across North Cumbria are now able to attend all antenatal scans taking place at West Cumberland Hospital, The Cumberland Infirmary and Penrith Birthing Centre.

This comes after the Trust made the decision to implement a phased approach to the easing of restrictions with attendance of one adult at 12 and 20 week appointments earlier this month.   

The Trust is now happy that they can safely welcome one adult to attend all antenatal scans with the expectant mother.   

 All visitors must adhere to infection control measures, which includes wearing of face masks in accordance with Trust Infection Prevention Control guidance.  Scan rooms will continue to be cleaned thoroughly between all women attending at present in accordance with Infection Prevention Control measures. Any additional seats within the room that partners sit in would be part of this process of cleaning.    

 Amanda Kennett, Associate Director of Midwifery at, North Cumbria Integrated Care, said:

“After careful consideration, we are pleased to announce we are now welcoming partners or one support person from the same household or social bubble to attend all antenatal scans across our hospitals. We will keep this under review going forward to ensure the health and safety of our mums-to-be, their families and our staff remains our number one priority”.

All other visitor restrictions across the Trust remain in place at this time. There are some exceptions where visitors will be permitted, including; for patients who are receiving end-of-life care, for birthing partners in maternity units and for parents or legal guardians in the children’s unit.


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