Harrogate District Hospital is set to ease restrictions on pregnancy visits next week.
From Monday October 19, partners will be welcome to attend the consultant antenatal clinic appointments.
The hospital has asked partners to arrive on time and not early so they don’t crowd the waiting area.
Previously, partners have only been allowed to be present at the 20 week scan – and before mid-September were not allowed at any appointments during pregnancy.
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There are still visiting restrictions on midwifery antenatal clinics and drop-in clinics, which the hospital says is out of its control.
A spokesperson for the hospital said:
“We appreciate how difficult it has been for pregnant women attending the consultant clinics in the hospital at Harrogate without their partners. After careful consideration and discussion we have made this plan.”
The home birth service was suspended from August in Harrogate due to increased sickness absence levels in the hospital’s midwifery team.
It will remain suspended until the end of October, for which the hospital has apologised.