The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

COVID-19 - Changes to service

We are here to support women as best we can during this difficult time. Due to the strict measures in place to protect you, services are running slightly differently.

As always, please do not attend hospital if you are feeling unwell with a new cough, fever or flu-like illness. Stay at home, rest, try to drink plenty of fluids and use paracetamol if you need to. If you feel very unwell, and can no longer do the things you would normally do then call 111 for advice.

Changes to services - Information for women

  • Unfortunately we can no longer allow any visitors to the unit at any time. Please do not bring anyone with you to any appointments. If someone has dropped you off, they need to wait outside the unit. 
  • To reduce the risk of spreading the virus, for miscarriage we are recommending expectant (watch and wait) and then medical management. Please see our page on management of miscarriage for more information. 
  • If you are suspected or confirmed as having a COVID-19 infection, you may be asked to be seen after symptoms have resolved. If you need to be seen urgently you will be met at the entrance to the unit and asked to wear a face mask, and be shielded from other patients as much as possible. 

Advice for pregnant women regarding COVID-19

At the moment there is no evidence that pregnant women are more likely than any other healthy adult to become unwell. Please see the advice by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG). 

RCOG Advice

Wash your hands regularly. Please do not wear gloves - gloves are intended for single use i.e. for one thing at a time. So unless you are changing gloves every few minutes, you are likely spreading more virus and bacteria than if you were washing your hands regularly and/or using alcohol gel. 

  1. Use a tissue when you sneeze or cough, throw it away and wash your hands. 
  2. Avoid contact with anyone with symptoms of coronavirus. 
  3. Avoid non-essential use of public transport
  4. Work from home where possible
  5. Follow social distancing rules set by the government to reduce social contact to household members only. 
  6. Keep in touch using remote technology 

If you are feeling well please attend your routine care as planned. For example - an early scan if you have had a previous ectopic, or your routine dating scan at 12 weeks. 

Advice for pregnant healthcare workers regarding COVID-19

Here is the advice from the RCOG regarding pregnant women working in the NHS and other work settings: RCOG Advice Published 26/3/20  

Changes to services - Advice for health care professionals

Please see the Acute Gynaecology departments most recent standard operating procedure for infection prevention and control. It contains some information on how specific conditions will be handled as well as the way we intend to run the unit with regards to COVID-19. 

GATU Standard Operating Procedure 8/4/20

Advice last updated on 15th April 2020