Family wards now open with some exceptions

We opened up family wards on 14 June 2021 and support persons vaccinated against COVID-19 can now stay at the hospital with the family after birth. A support person who has had the coronavirus within the last eight months or can provide a negative PCR COVID test taken within the last 24 hours can also stay in the family room.

The following restrictions are currently in force for women coming to give birth and their support persons in the maternity ward:

  • Women coming to give birth will be subject to a rapid COVID-19 test and have to wear a protective mask until the test result is revealed (approx. two hours).
  • Women who do not display symptoms and have had COVID-19 in the last eight months or have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 will not be subject to a COVID test before giving birth.
  • Support persons must leave the hospital if the mother-to-be tests positive for COVID-19.
  • If the test comes back negative, women coming to give birth will not be required to wear a protective mask inside the delivery room.
  • Women coming to give birth may bring one support person. The support person must fill in a health declaration form and must wear PPE (a mask or a respirator) when coming into contact with hospital staff or moving around inside the common hospital premises.
  • Support persons are not allowed to attend a caesarean section in the operation room. The support person can see the newborn after the caesarean section in the delivery room. Support persons are allowed to spend 15 minutes in the postpartum intensive care room.

Terms and conditions for the use of family wards:

  • Family wards can be offered only if free rooms are available.
  • Support persons who are fully vaccinated against or have had COVID-19 can stay in the family wards. Support persons with a negative PCR coronavirus test will also be permitted to stay. The test must be taken every 24 hours. Support persons can take paid-for COVID rapid tests in the emergency care unit of the Women’s Clinic. The test costs 80 euros. If the hospital stay is longer, support persons must undergo another test in 48 hours.
  • Upon staying in the family wards, the support person must present to the midwife in the delivery room one of the following:
    • Their immunisation passport for COVID-19 or a Patient Portal certificate
    • A certificate confirming that they have had COVID-19 (within the last eight months)
    • A certificate on being tested for COVID-19 (a negative PCR test performed within the last 24 hours)
  • Persons are deemed fully vaccinated:
    • Pfizer/BioNTech COMIRNATY – 7 days after receiving the second dose of the vaccine
    • Moderna – 14 days after receiving the second dose of the vaccine
    • AstraZeneca VAXZEVRIA – 15 days after receiving the second dose of the vaccine
    • COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen – 14 days after receiving the vaccine
    • Persons who have had COVID-19 within the last 6-8 months and have received one dose of vaccine are also deemed fully vaccinated.
  • Persons are deemed to have had COVID when their data in the Patient Portal includes a positive SARS-CoV-2 RNA test result, they have SARS-CoV-2 IgG antibodies or their doctor has made an entry on having the virus and at least 10 days have passed from testing positive (i.e. the person is not contagious). No more than eight months have passed from the time they had COVID-19.
  • If support persons arrive at the family wards later, they must go to the emergency reception room midwife at the Women’s Clinic and present one of the above certificates.
  • Please do not leave the hospital during your time in the family room.

You can find more information about the restrictions in force at East Tallinn Central Hospital Women’s Clinic under COVID-19 INFORMATION

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