We provide high quality healthcare services primarily to the residents of East Lancashire and Blackburn with Darwen, which have a combined population in the region of 530,000.
Visitors will be asked to replace the mask they have worn to the hospital with a surgical mask, provided by the ward staff. Please keep your mask on for the duration of your visit.
Access the flu jab at your GP practice or antenatal clinic.
Consider taking a 10 microgram supplement of Vitamin D each day.
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In these challenging circumstances, our maternity services are here to support you. See below a range of information based on frequently asked questions we have received from those expecting a baby, and their families.
Our number one priority when you enter the hospital is to offer you as much protection as possible and prevent the spread of COVID-19. Please help us to help you by following the COVID-19 guidance below.
If you'd like to share your feedback on this COVID-19 maternity webpage, click here.
More detailed information in leaflet form is available under the 'Information' tab below, in multiple languages.
Coronavirus: Planning your birth
Coronavirus: Looking after yourself and your baby in pregnancy
Coronavirus: Parent Information for newborn babies
Coronavirus: Illness in newborn babies
COVID-19 Isolating at Home Safety-Netting Leaflet
How to look after yourself at home if you have coronavirus
Pregnancy and coronavirus
فايروس كورونا: التخطيط لولادتك
فايروس كورونا: كيف تعتني بنفسك وبطفلك أثناء فترة الحمل
فايروس كورونا: معلومات الوالدين لألطفال حديثي الوالدة
املرض عند األطفال حديثي الوالدة
করোনাভাইরাস: নবজাতকের জন্য পিতামাতার তথ্য
(Parent Information for Newborns)
নবজাতক শিশুদের মধ্যে অসুস্থতা
(Illness in newborns)
冠狀病毒病： 懷孕期間照顧自己和 寶寶
Coronavirus: Planifier la naissance
Coronavirus : Vous occuper de vous et de votre bébé pendant la grossesse
Coronavirus: informations pour les parents de nouveau-nés
Maladies chez les nouveau-nés
કોરોનાવાયરસ: તમારા જન્મની યોજના
કોરોનાવાયરસ: ગર્ભાવસ્થામાં તમારી અને બાળકની સંભાળ રાખવી
કોરોનાવાયરસ: નવજાત માટે માતાપિતાની માહિતી
નવજાત બાળકોમાં બીમારી
冠状病毒： 照顾自己和 腹中宝宝
Koronawirus: Planowanie porodu
Koronawirus: Jak dbać o siebie i nienarodzone dziecko w ciąży
Koronawirus: informacje dla rodziców noworodków
Coronavírus: Planeamento do nascimento
Coronavírus: Cuidar de si e do seu bebé na gravidez
Coronavírus: informações para os pais acerc dos recém-nascidos
Doença no recém-nascido
ਕੋਰੋਨਾਵਾਇਰਸ: ਆਪਣੇ ਜਨਮ ਦੀ ਯੋਜਨਾ ਬਣਾ ਰਹੇ ਹੋ
ਕੋਰੋਨਾਵਾਇਰਸ: ਗਰਭ ਅਵਸਥਾ ਵਿੱਚ ਆਪਣੇ ਅਤੇ ਬੱਚੇ ਦੀ ਦੇਖਭਾਲ
ਕੋਰੋਨਾਵਾਇਰਸ: ਨਵਜੰਮੇ ਬੱਚਿਆਂ ਦੇ ਮਾਪਿਆਂ ਲਈ ਜਾਣਕਾਰੀ
ਨਵਜੰਮੇ ਵਿਚ ਬਿਮਾਰੀ
کوروناویرس: آپ کی پیدائش کی منصوبہ بندی کر رہا ہے
کورونا وائرس: حمل میں اپنے اور بچے کی دیکھ بھال کرنا
کورونا وائرس: نوزائیدہ بچوں کے والدین کے لئے معلومات
نوزائيده بچوں ميں بيماری
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If you are experiencing any of the COVID-19 symptoms below, please contact your community midwife to postpone or re-book your antenatal clinic appointments or scans until your isolation period is over, in line with national guidance:
The most recent guidance for pregnancy and shielding and FAQ’s can be found here.
All antenatal outpatient appointments at Burnley General Teaching Hospital, Royal Blackburn Teaching Hospital and East Lancashire community midwifery clinics are still taking place.
It may be that your appointment is carried out over the phone. If this is the case for you, the Trust will contact you directly to let you know. If you are not contacted regarding this, please attend your booked antenatal clinic appointment or scan as normal.
From Monday 12 April 2021, partners are welcome to accompany pregnant people to all antenatal scans and consultations. If your appointment is at Royal Blackburn or Burnley General Teaching Hospital, or one of our Birth Centres, you do not need to do anything further. If your appointment is at your GP or another primary care setting, please call ahead to check that they will allow a partner to attend.
Whilst attending your appointment, please be assured that all necessary health and safety precautions, in-line with national guidance, have been implemented. Face masks are available for you to wear when required (your midwife or doctor will advise you about this when you attend your appointment).
Important information for patients using maternity services
From Monday 12 April 2021, partners are welcome to accompany pregnant people to all antenatal scans.
Face masks must be worn by everyone including staff and visitors; these are provided at the entrance to the hospital. Social distancing must be adhered to. These measures will remain in place after the Government lifting of restrictions on Monday, 19 July, 2021.
You or your partner must not currently have, or in the ten days prior to the scan:
If you, your partner, or anyone you live with have symptoms or have tested positive for COVID-19 then please contact your midwife for advice before attending your appointment.
At Lancashire Women and Newborn Centre, Burnley General Teaching Hospital
Pregnant people may enter the building with their partner to book in at reception, and then partners will wait at the ambulance bay entrance (at the side of the Women and Newborn Centre). If there is sufficient space, security staff will guide you to a socially distanced waiting area.
Pregnant people will stay in the waiting area of the relevant department until they are called in for their scan. They will then be able to call or text their partner to come in to the building for the scan. Partners will be provided with an orange laminated slip by the security personnel so that staff can be made aware that they are attending for a scan.
On entering the room, there will be designated chairs for partners, in order to maintain maximum social distance. On completion of the scan, your partner will leave and wait for you outside at the ambulance bay, or in the car park.
At Royal Blackburn Teaching Hospital
Pregnant people may enter the building through Entrance B (the Grane Restaurant) with their partner to book in at reception, and then partners will wait at the entrance to be called in. If there is sufficient space, security staff will guide you to a socially distanced waiting area.
Pregnant people will stay in the waiting area of the relevant department until they are called in for their scan. They will then be able to call or text their partner to come in for the scan. Partners will be provided with an orange laminated slip by the security personnel so that staff can be made aware that they are attending for a scan.
On entering the room, there will be designated chairs for partners, in order to maintain maximum social distance. On completion of the scan, your partner will leave and wait for you outside at Entrance B, or in the car park.
You must not attend the hospital under any circumstances if you have any of the following COVID-19 symptoms.
- A new, continuous cough
- A high temperature
- A loss of, or change to, your normal sense of taste or smell
- If you or someone you are living with who has symptoms or has tested positive for COVID-19 or awaiting a COVID-19 test result
- If you have been asked to self-isolate following contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19
You will be asked to replace the mask you have worn to the hospital with a surgical mask, provided by the ward staff. Please keep your mask on for the duration of your visit.
If your mask becomes damp and requires changing, please ask a member of staff for a replacement.
Please keep to the left on corridors and adhere to social distancing at all times.
Take-aways, balloons and flowers are not permitted on the wards at any time.
Antenatal Ward and Triage
From Monday 10 May, one nominated support partner will be permitted on the Antenatal Ward and Triage (There are no time restrictions and nominated partners can be present 24 hours a day). Face masks must be worn at all times, hand gel and hand washing station are available at the ward entrance.
The pregnant person will identify their nominated partner prior to admission to the ward and inform staff of the relevant details required. Children will not be permitted in line with the hospital visiting policy.
We provide many different services from the Antenatal Ward. We only have one entrance/exit therefore we have to be extra vigilant with the amount of foot fall at the ward entrance.
Please note that all visiting partners will be expected to fully comply with current hospital guidance.
Central Birth Suite and Birth Centres
Two nominated birth partners may accompany a person in labour.
We understand the Government has exemptions in place regarding birth partners. However, due to the high and rising number of cases in our community, the current 'lockdown' restrictions, and pregnant people being classed a vulnerable group, we would highly recommend birthing partners are from either the same household or support bubble.
This guidance is to reduce the risk of households mixing and the potential cross-infection from anyone who is asymptomatic and for the safety of people in labour, their babies and our staff.
We would very much appreciate your support in helping us to keep everyone who is involved in your birth as safe as possible. This includes other patients, all staff or anyone else who you may come into contact with.
Both birthing partners must not have received a positive test for COVID-19, be awaiting the result of a COVID-19 test, be displaying symptoms of COVID-19, or have been asked to self-isolate following contact with someone who is COVID-19 positive.
On arrival, birth partners are encouraged to ensure they have everything they need with them. This is to minimise the number of times they leave the room, and the building, during their partner's time in hospital.
Only one birth partner will be permitted to accompany a woman in labour who has planned or emergency surgical assistance during labour (such as a C-section or ventouse), in line with theatre guidance, which has been in place before the COVID-19 outbreak.
Please be aware that the secondary birth partner may be asked to leave the room during labour, should social distancing become difficult due to the number of clinical staff required.
If you are experiencing contractions in spontaneous (natural) labour and come to have your baby at the central birth suite or any of the birth centres, your partner(s) will not have to wait outside until your labour is assessed.
Children should not attend the hospital setting with their mothers for any routine appointments or scans. They are also unable to visit siblings on the postnatal ward.
From 12 of May 2021, one nominated partner between 11am - 11pm will be able to visit the Postnatal Ward. These times have been discussed and agreed to maintain the safety of our service users , their partners and babies.
The mother will identify their nominated partner upon admission to the ward and inform staff of the relevant details required. Children will not be permitted in line with the hospital visiting policy.
Security personnel and ward staff will monitor admission to both the hospital and the ward area for nominated visitors.
Currently full visiting is being reviewed in line with Government recommendations, and we will update with further restoration plans when we are in a position to have siblings and further visitors.
Visitors must adhere to our guidance at East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust at all times, or visiting will not be permitted. These guidelines are in place to protect our patients, staff and community, we appreciate your continued support.
Access to Lancashire Women and Newborn Centre (LWNC)
Due to the entry and exit restrictions, women in labour and their birth partners are required to enter via the ambulance entrance of the LWNC building.
As of Thursday 7 January, Rossendale Birth Centre will be suspended for births until the end of August 2021.
The reason for this is due to the ongoing vaccination programme for the Rossendale area, which requires the use of the birthing centre at Rawtenstall. The change to the service has been specifically requested by East Lancashire CCG.
Although births at Rossendale Birth Centre will be suspended from the 7 January, the Rossendale Birth Centre Clinic will be relocated from the 11 January, to the main Rawtenstall Hub attached to the Birth Centre on the second floor.
Clear signage will be in place for anyone attending antenatal clinic appointments to direct you to the new location.
From 4pm on Tuesday 29 June 2021, Blackburn Birth Centre will be closed for births.
To maintain safe staffing levels, Blackburn Birth Centre will be closed for births until further notice. This closure will be reviewed regularly, and the centre re-opened as soon as possible.
The centre will remain open for all planned clinic appoinments, BCG clinics, blood spot clinics, and appointments with your community midwife, seven days a week, between 9am - 5pm. BCG clinics will still be running on Wednesday and Thursday evenings.
Those that are due to give birth at the centre over the coming weeks will be contacted directly to discuss alternative options. A Birth Cente birth can still be accomodated at Burnley Birth Centre, in the Lancashire Women and Newborn Centre on the Burnley General Teaching Hospital site.
You may be worried and have lots of questions at this time. Tommy's mental wellbeing page has some useful advice for taking care of yourself before, during and after pregnancy.
How to cope with a crying baby
Click here to view information on help and emotional support for parents during pregnancy, and the first year after having a baby.
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You should expect to be invited to take your baby for a check with your GP at around six to eight weeks after they are born. As part of an overall check of the health of your baby the following will be considered:
At this appointment you will also be offered a series of vaccinations for your baby, along with a postnatal check for you.
National guidance on babies checks, including six to eight week checks is here.
Information about vaccinations is here.
Postnatal check for new parents
Usually (but not always) at the same appointment as your baby’s six to eight week check with the GP, you will be offered the opportunity to discuss the following:
National guidance on post-natal checks is here.
Health Visitor and Child Health Clinics
The service offer for health visiting is different depending on where you live.
Blackburn with Darwen
Face to face appointments are taking place for:
Virtual appointments are taking place for:
Child Health Clinics are being reinstated gradually by appointment only.
For more information, click here.
Baby clinics are still closed, however, discussions are in progress for a phased approach to reinstating them. Updates will be shared here.
Following several changes to community midwifery care within the Trust and the facilities we have within the community setting, the following changes to community clinics will continue throughout the summer.
As several Children's Centre's closed at the start of lockdown we have had to facilitate movement of these clinics to other areas in order to continue providing antenatal and postnatal care effectively. The community midwives have been making daily contact with those who are affected by these changes but please see further information below regarding the locations of some of the clinics with the Pendle/Burnley/Rossendale Areas.
Barnoldswick Children's Centre - All dates and appointment times remain the same but the location is now the Rainhall Centre, Rainhall Road, Barnoldswick.
Colne Children's Centre - This clinic is now running from Colne Health Centre all day on a Monday, all day on a Tuesday, and half a day on Wednesday and Thursday. Please still ring the booking line for an appointment and then a midwife will contact you the week before to inform of the change in location and if any change to the time or date is required.
Ightenhill Children's Centre - All dates and appointment times remain the same but the location of the clinic is now at South West Children's Centre, Tay Street, Burnley.
Family Tree Children's centre
- Monday Clinic - All dates and appointment times remain the same but the location of the clinic is now at South West Children's Centre, Tay Street, Burnley.
As these are booking appointments (first appointments), the midwife will attempt to contact you before your appointment to complete some of the booking over the phone to reduce the time required for a face to face appointment.
- Tuesday Clinic - This clinic is now held on a Wednesday but all appointment times will remain the same and the location will be the Chai Centre, Hurtley Street, Burnley.
Whitefield Children's Centre - All dates and appointment times remain the same but the location of the clinic is now at the Chai Centre, Hurtley Street, Burnley.
Chai Centre - Remains open, no changes
Haslingden Children's Centre - All dates and appointment times remain the same but the location is now at Rawtenstall Primary Care Centre, Bacup Road, Rossendale.
Maden Children's Centre - Remains open, no changes
Waterfoot GP Surgery - Now based at Rawtenstall Primary Care Centre, Bacup Road, Rossendale
Whitegates Clinic - back to original base at Whitegates Children's Centre, Victoria Road, Padiham, Burnley.
*Birth notification information is sent to the health visiting team for your area once your baby has been born.
You should be contacted to arrange further check-ups for your newborn baby, once you have been discharged from the community midwife.
At the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, there was a nationwide stoppage of the traditional two-hour OGTT appointment in pregnancy as directed by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. This was to reduce the amount of time spent within the hospital environment while case numbers of COVID-19 were high.
We are now in a position to reinstate this very important test in the detection of gestational diabetes and are pleased to announce the restoration of the traditional two-hour OGTT test from the 27 September 2021, in line with national recommendations. This test is the gold standard and accepted as the most accurate way to diagnose gestational diabetes.
There will be no change to the original appointment date and time already made, but please now plan to be at the hospital for two hours - it is an important part of the test that patients remain within the waiting area until the test is completed.
Please fast from 9pm the night before your scheduled appointment time, drinking water only and taking any usual medications.
The test involves a blood test on arrival to check your fasting glucose levels-we may also check your iron levels. Patients are then provided with a drink that contains a high amount of carbohydrate (75g). A repeat blood test to check your glucose levels is then taken after two hours. It is really important to rest and only drink water during this 2 hour time period in order for the test to be accurate. You will be contacted by telephone in the 24-72 hours after the test if the results are abnormal, otherwise a letter will be sent to you in the post.
Gestational diabetes is the most common condition associated with pregnancy. It is really important that you attend for your OGTT at around 26 weeks of pregnancy if you have any of the known risk factors, as early detection and management means better outcomes for you and baby.
Please speak to your community midwife or obstetrician at your next appointment if you have any questions about the test or see page 14 of your white pregnancy handheld notes for more information.
Flu vaccine and coronavirus (COVID-19)
Flu vaccination is important because:
If you've had COVID-19, it's safe to have the flu vaccine. It'll be effective at helping to prevent flu.
Click here to find out more about the flu jab and COVID-19.
Why are pregnant people advised to have the flu vaccine?
The flu jab will help protect both you and your baby.
There is good evidence that pregnant people have a higher chance of developing complications if they get flu, particularly in the later stages of pregnancy.
One of the most common complications of flu is bronchitis, a chest infection that can become serious and develop into pneumonia.
If you have flu while you're pregnant, it could cause your baby to be born prematurely or have a low birthweight, and may even lead to stillbirth or death.
You can access the flu vaccination at your GP practice, at your antenatal clinic, and it's also provided at Blackburn Birth Centre. If you're unsure, speak with your midwife.
Is the flu vaccine safe in pregnancy?
Yes. Studies have shown that it's safe to have the flu vaccine during any stage of pregnancy, from the first few weeks up to your expected due date.
Those who have had the flu vaccine while pregnant also pass some protection on to their babies, which lasts for the first few months of their lives.
It's safe for parents who are breastfeeding to have the vaccine.
Click here for more information on the flu jab in pregnancy.
Click here to view the Public Health England guide on the COVID-19 vaccination for women of childbearing age, pregnant or breastfeeding.
Click here to read the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists COVID-19 vaccination information sheet.
Click here to read the Public Health England guide to COVID-19 vaccination for women of childbearing age, those currently pregnant or breastfeeding (English).
Your local Mass Vaccination Centres located at the Burnley Mall and Blackburn Crypt (Cathedral) are inviting all pregnant people to attend their sites as "walk-ins", with no appointments necessary, to receive your Covid vaccination.
Please inform the team on your arrival at the site that you are pregnant, and arrangements will be made for you to be fast-tracked through the service.
On receipt of the vaccine you will be required to wait for a 15-minute observation period, where refreshments will be available. On arrival at either site if you require any further information about your visit or the Covid Vvccine please ask to speak with the site lead who will be more than happy to assist you.
Covid and pregnancy: Advice in five South Asian languages
As the Covid vaccine is being rolled out to younger age groups, what should you do if you're expecting a baby, breastfeeding or trying to have a baby?
BBC Asian Network is helping the South Asian community to understand what the science says in five languages: Gujarati, Punjabi, Sylheti, Tamil and Urdu.
Protecting your baby from tobacco smoke is one of the best things you can do to give your child a healthy start in life. It can be difficult to stop smoking, but it's never too late to quit.
Every cigarette you smoke contains over 4,000 chemicals, so smoking when you are pregnant harms your unborn baby. Cigarettes can restrict the essential oxygen supply to your baby. As a result, their heart must beat harder every time you smoke.
Click here to find out more about stopping smoking in pregnancy.
Click here to find local stop smoking services (some consultations may take place over the phone due to COVID-19).
Under the national Healthy Start scheme, pregnant women, women with a child under 12 months old and children aged up to four years who are entitled to Healthy Start vouchers, are also entitled to free Healthy Start vitamins which contain the correct vitamins at the correct doses. You can check your eligibility for the Healthy Start Scheme here.
If you live in Blackburn with Darwen, a local scheme provides free Healthy Start vitamins to all children under 5 years of age, all pregnant women and all women for one year after giving birth, regardless of whether you qualify for Healthy Start vouchers.
Due to changes in the way services are being delivered during Covid-19, there may be changes to the ways you can get your supply of Healthy Start vitamins.
Find out more about accessing Healthy Start vitamins.
You may have noticed that some of the terms we use within our communications are slightly different then you might expect, for example “pregnant people”, or “those who are pregnant”, in place of the term “pregnant women”. This is because the Trust aims, where possible, to use gender-neutral language.
The purpose of gender-neutral language is to avoid word choices which may be interpreted as biased, discriminatory or demeaning by implying that one sex or social gender is the norm.
In the case of our maternity services, those who use these services may not identify as female. They may identify as another gender, or as no gender at all. We want the language we use to reflect that no matter how you identify, you are entitled to safe, personal and effective care from us and will not be discriminated against.
Using this language, however, does not mean that those who identify as female and use our services will be discriminated against either. We just want to ensure that the way we address our patients is as inclusive as possible.
If you have further questions or would like to discuss this further, please contact the Trust’s Communications Team, by emailing email@example.com.
You can find useful contact details and answers to frequently asked questions in your Antenatal Book 1.
If you'd like to share your feedback on this COVID-19 Maternity Webpage, please click here.