To try to reassure pregnant women and new mums across the Fylde coast, our maternity matron, Lisa Fitzgerald, has issued a personal message and video.
“We appreciate this an unsettling time for pregnant women in the current climate. Firstly we would like to reassure you all that your health and wellbeing, along with that of your unborn or recently born baby, remains our number one priority.
“In line with the Royal College of Midwives recommendations, we at Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust are asking you to maintain your normal routine care with us. We may have to change the location or time of your next planned appointment but it is important, if you are well and not showing any symptoms of coronavirus, that you still attend these important appointments. You will be contacted if this becomes necessary.
“The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists want to reassure women that there is no new evidence to suggest that you are at a higher risk of becoming seriously unwell compared to any other, healthy individuals.
“In line with all recommendations, should you experience any symptoms of coronavirus, such as a new persistent cough, with or without a fever, you need to contact the maternity team for further advice so they can review your planned appointments.
“We will assess the care you need and plan any changes to your routine care accordingly. We have a contingency plan to see any women with suspected or confirmed coronavirus to ensure all necessary care can be delivered.
“Pregnant women are being asked to ‘social distance’ themselves. If you can work from home that would be advisable. If you can’t work from home, and you work in a public-facing role, your employer can be asked to modify and minimise your exposure.
“Please refer to your company human resources or occupational health team if you have any further questions.
“There is updated advice on the Public Health England website and you can use NHS111 online to assist on identification of symptoms.
“Please remember to wash your hands frequently with soap and water, avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands, cover coughs and sneezes and try to keep distance between yourself and other people within the community.”
To see the video click here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e_mg-miTT10