EXPECTANT mothers can now bring a partner to all upcoming ultrasound scans at Barnsley Hospital as restrictions continue to ease across the country.

New visiting restrictions at Barnsley Hospital’s maternity services came into force on Tuesday.

Due to social distancing in clinical areas there will be no changes to current restrictions at the antenatal clinic, antenatal day unit and community midwifery appointments though exceptions may be possible.

A spokesperson for Barnsley Hospital said: “Due to the current global situation and the increasing need to protect our patients and staff, changes are happening in maternity services at Barnsley, following trust guidance.

“We want to provide clear information for all areas of maternity services.

“We appreciate that during pregnancy, birth and beyond are the times when women and their families need our support most and we are committed to providing safe compassionate and supportive maternity care.

“You can now be supported by one partner for the duration of all of your ultrasound scans in the maternity ultrasound department and with the midwife sonographer.

“We ask that you check in at our reception area alone, our receptionist will ask questions to ensure neither you or your partner have any symptoms of Covid-19.

“You will then be asked to wait in the appropriate waiting areas.

“Partners are asked to wait outside the hospital building until the sonographer is ready to undertake your scan.

“This is because our reception area does not have capacity to ensure social distancing policies are adhered to.

“Masks should be worn by all unless you are exempt.

“We appreciate your understanding at this testing and uncertain time for us all, we hope you understand the decisions that are being made around keeping loved ones safe.”

More information on the new restrictions can be found here.