Our guidance

This page is being updated regularly. This is University Hospitals Sussex advice which covers both the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton and the Princess Royal Hospital in Haywards Heath.

A midwife will answer any questions or worries, and arrange wellbeing phonecalls for you. As always, if you need urgent assistance or advice please call MAU or Triage (or call 999 in an emergency).

If you have symptoms such as a new persistent cough, a temperature above 37.8 or a loss or change to your sense of taste and smell then please do not enter any clinical area, if your symptoms deteriorate and you feel that your condition may warrant a hospital admission, then seek advice via NHS 111.

Advice for pregnant women and people from BAME communities during COVID-19. (video from RCOG)

Pregnancy and COVID-19 (video)

Please note that the support person(s) of birthing women and people will be asked for proof of a negative COVID-19 rapid flow test on admission to maternity hospital wards, including MAU and Triage.

Please also see further guidance from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. 

Please note that we update our Covid visiting/support person policy weekly, usually on Tuesday evenings on our social media platforms. Pinned to the top of our Facebook page and also posted on Instagram.

Pregnancy concerns not related to COVID-19

Please note that if you have any questions or concerns around your pregnancy, that are not related to Covid-19, e.g.:

  • Reduced fetal movements
  • Bleeding
  • Waters broken
  • Labour commences
  • Or anything else that you are concerned about.

Please contact your urgent care Maternity Assessment Unit (Royal Sussex County Hospital) or Triage (Princess Royal Hospital) numbers found on the front of your paper notes (if you have them) or in your Badger Notes app or on our contact page.  

You are further politely reminded to use the hand sanitiser on entry to the ward area and to wash your hands regularly during your visit.