This page gives information on your maternity care with us during the pandemic. It includes who you can bring to appointments and the birth.  

Stay up-to-date

Throughout your pregnancy, your maternity team will do all they can to provide you with information, guidance and support. You can also stay up-to-date with the BadgerNet Maternity Notes Portal, which is available to all women who have registered with King’s to have their baby. Please check the portal for all the latest information and guidance about maternity services during this time. If you have any queries about accessing the portal, please speak to your community midwifery team or the staff on duty.

If you are coming into the hospital, please also see the Attending our hospitals and Who can visit? pages.

Please be aware that the following arrangements could change in response to local or national COVID-19 prevalence or new Government guidance.

Testing for COVID-19 during pregnancy

Maternity services at King’s College Hospital and Princess Royal University Hospital (PRUH) are advising all pregnant people and their support person to take a lateral flow test a minimum of twice a week during the pregnancy. This is to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 and enable any cases to be picked up early and managed appropriately.

You can order free lateral flow test kits daily from the GOV.UK website for yourself and your support person. They can be delivered or collected from a local pharmacy or community testing site. Each pack currently contains seven home test kits.

When you have taken a home test, it is important that you register all results online (positive, negative, or invalid – instructions are provided with test kits). We advise you to register an account when reporting your first result. This makes further reporting easier and quicker. You can also report your results by calling 119. After you report you will receive a text message and an email confirming your result entry. You and your support person will need to show your result entry when attending appointments.

If you or a member of your household has tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 3 days you must let us know and complete a PCR test before coming to hospital (unless you are in labour or it is an emergency).

If you are COVID-19 positive or isolating but have an appointment or need to be seen at the hospital for any reason, please contact the telephone assessment line at King’s College Hospital on 020 3299 8389 or the labour line at PRUH on 01689 864189 and notify them of the positive result and you will be advised accordingly.

Antenatal care

Your antenatal care will include both in-person and virtual appointments. This helps make sure you get the care you need, such as scans and blood tests, while also avoiding unnecessary visits to hospital. For non face-to-face appointments, we will ask you if would prefer phone or video calls.

Our antenatal classes are taking place online to ensure you don’t miss out on vital information and preparation. Ask your midwife for details on how to sign up.

Partners or companions attending antenatal scans

We understand the importance of having a partner or companion with you during your antenatal scans. Currently, one companion or partner is welcome to attend hospital-based antenatal clinics (Windsor walk, Venetian building, Community Midwives Centre, Midwives House, Orpington Hospital, Beckenham Beacon and Queen Mary’s – Sidcup) with you.

In order to maximise space and maintain social distancing regulations, the accompanying person will be asked to wait outside the building until the woman or birthing person is asked into the clinical room for their appointment. They should also comply with hand sanitisation and wear a face mask for the duration of the visit. We are also asking that all appointment attendees also do a lateral flow test within 24 hours before the appointment. The test strip or result logged on the NHS app should be shown to the clinician prior to your appointment.

Children should not routinely attend antenatal appointments or scans. However, if they must, please discuss with your midwife at least two days prior to your appointment.

Giving birth

Currently we continue to offer the following options on where to give birth, based on your preferences and level of risk:

Our aim is to offer the same choice you would normally have, however, this will depend on how our service and staffing is affected by the changing local and national situation.

Birth partners during and after labour

One birth partner can be with you throughout your labour. They should bring everything they need with them, as they will not be able to re-enter the ward if they leave.

One support person can be present when you are receiving one-to-one care from a midwife in a labour room and during inductions of labour, elective cases, or High Dependency Unit care.

On the postnatal and antenatal wards, one support person is welcome for the duration of your stay. You will not be able to swap this person and they should stay at bedsides as much as possible during their visit.

On the Neonatal unit, the mother and baby are treated as one, which means the other parent of the baby can visit.

All visitors should wear a face mask, and comply with social distancing and hand sanitisation rules.

Support people will need to complete a visitor’s passport and sign it every day they are visiting. The ward receptionists will give you a visitor passport upon arrival.

These changes started on 22 December 2021.

For more information

See our maternity service page

Follow @KingsMaternity on Twitter

See NHS Coronavirus information for pregnant women

Visit the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) website